Ayurvedic route to health

Every Friday, the CRPF campus in Yelahanka, Bangalore wears a new mood. People in white coats test CRPF jawans and prescribe medicines. For those of our soldiers who opt for Ayurvedic therapy, there is a helping hand. The I-AIM Health Care (IHC) which is close to the campus offers yoemen service to these jawans. The weekly half-day camp has been there from many years. “Ayurveda, more than a healing system, is a rich tradition, an art of healthy living.

It is a medical system that has progressive and evolving benefits, provided to ensure strengthening and rejuvenating of the body, mind and soul which is the need of the hour for our soldiers,” says Dr G G Gangadharan, the medical director of the I-AIM health care centre. The health care centre also conducts such camps in Sriramanahalli near Rajanukunte on the last Saturday of every month. Over 60 people make use of this facility, says Dr. Gangadharan.

The health care centre is an extension of FRLHT (Foundation of Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions), a premier institute in the field of traditional medicine. This was launched by Sam Pitroda, the Chairman of National Knowledge Commission, founded the FRLHT in 1993. To cater to research in Ayurvedic medicine, FRLHT has a unit called IAIM (Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine).

This is the only Centre of Excellence for Medicinal Plants in India recognised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare also recognised it as a Centre of excellence for Ayurveda. In order to make its research in Ayurveda available to the public, I-AIM has launched a Health Centre in its campus near Yelahanka. This 100-bed integrated Ayurvedic hospital lends free service to poor patients as well. As much as 25 per cent of its beds is reserved for them.  “We have the mission of providing efficacious, safe and cost effective health care solutions for contemporary health problems through creative applications of traditional health systems”, asserts Gangadharan. Recognising its pro social initiatives TATA foundation funded the construction of hospital.

Amrith Jogi

Laurels for Siddaganga students

About 20 students of Siddaganga School for the Blind participated  in the Sports and Cultural Meet held recently at Andheri stadium, Mumbai. Nearly 600 visually challenged school children from 18 states took part in the three-day event organised by the National Association for the Blind to celebrate its diamond jubilee.

“Our  students  have done well in music competitions. In the national sports meet, our boys, Chandrashekar Devaramani, Naveen, Sudhirchetty, Hanumantharayappa, Manoj,  Niranjan Kammar  and Sharanappa had won as many as  eight medals in various sport events,” says  Veerabhadraiah, the PET (physical education teacher) of Siddaganga School for the Blind (SSB). Founded by Shivakumara Swamiji in the year 1978, the SSB is a residential school managed by Siddaganga Mutt located at Kyathsandra, six km from Tumkur. The school provides free  boarding and lodging facilities accommodating annually about hundred visually challenged children mostly  from remote villages, who also get free  education (Braille) from first standard to seventh standard. Visually challenged students pursuing higher education are also accommodated in the Mutt’s free boarding home.