THE ALL INDIA AYURVEDIC CONGRESS
AT A GLANCE
Established 1907

IMPORTANCE OF AYURVEDA

The sages of our country accepted Sharira, the body, as the primary means to accomplish Dhrama. It is believed that simultaneously with the manifestation of the Universe, Ayurveda also came into existence in order to maintain the body in healthy state. It is the first and the oldest science for protection of health and also the mother of all other existing systems of treatment in this world. Maharishi Charak has described Ayurveda as an eternal science. It is the only science which has the credit of protecting the health of our countrymen during the past several thousand years. Ayurveda is also an integral part of the Indian culture. Even today about 75% of the population of our country is being benefited by this system.

All India Ayurvedic Congress

The All India Ayurvedic Congress (A.I.A.C) has been working for protection, propagation and promotion of the Ayurveda (Science of Life) since beginning of the last century. The Ayurvedic Congress was established in the year 1907 in the city of Nasik on the sacred banks of the river Godavari. This organization is spread all over India. It has branches extending upto district level in almost every State of Indian Union. It is the representative body of the Ayurvedic physicians and practitioners of the country. Thousands of Vaidyas from every nook and corner of the country take part in its programmes and functions of Ayurvedic Congress at central, state and District level.

Vision

Since its inception the All India Ayurvedic Congress has been working for the revival and advancement of Ayurvedic science and to get it accepted as the National System of Medicine. Its efforts in this direction have borne significant results in the form of establishment of the institutions like the Central Council of Research in CCRIMH which after bifurcation in 1978 is now Central Council of Indian Medicine in 1971, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur in 1976, State Boards of Indian Medicine for registration of the Ayurvedic practitioners, parity in pay scales and equal status for Vaidyas in Govt. service with their allopathic counterparts and many more. The last but not the least among them are the establishment of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV) established on 11th Feb., 1988 with the main objective of promoting knowledge of Ayurveda for higher studies and specialized training in various disciplines of Ayurveda in the traditional guru-shishya parampara and award of Fellowship to persons for their valuable service to Ayurveda.

Among the scholars and lovers of Ayurveda of the country who founded and promoted the All India Ayurvedic Congress and All India Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, under whose guidance it could make stupendous progress towards the achievement of its objectives are the names of the stalwarts like Shankardaji Pade Shastri, Nashik, Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Varanasi, Maharaja Shri Ram Varma of Cochin, Kerala, Kunwar Saryu Prasad Singh Bahadur, Uttar Pradesh, Kj. Gananath Sen Saraswati, Bengal, Shri Krishna Shastri Kawade, Maharashtra, Shri Gangadhar Shastri Gune, Maharashtra, Shri Yadavji Trikamji Acharya, Mumbai, Kaviraj Brij Behari Chaturvedi, Bihar, Shri Jagannath Prasad Shukla, U.P., Shri Lakshmi Ram Swami, Jaipur, Shri Manindra Kumar Mukerji, Bengal, Capt., G. Shrinivas Murthy, Tamilnadu, Rajvaidya Ram Prasad, Punjab, Shri Jiva Ram Kalidas Shastri, Gujarat, Shri Ram Narayan Shastri, Shri Khyaliram Dwivedi, Madhya Pradesh, Kav. Hari Ranjan Majumdar, Delhi, Dr. A. Lakshmipathi, Tamilnadu, Shri Govardhan Sharma Chhangani, Vidarbha, PadmabhusanVaidyaratna Pt. Shiv Sharma, Punjab & Mumbai, Shri Anant Tripathi Sharma, Orissa, Shri Y. Parthnarain Pandit, Karnatak, Shri Lal Chand Prarthi, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Dharam Datt Vaidya, U.P.. Vaidya Pt. Ramgopal Sharma, Mumbai, Vaidya Maniram Sharma, Rajasthan, Padambhusan Vaidya Pt. Shriram Sharma, Mumbai, Kaviraj G.L. Chanana, Delhi,.

Prominent among the living luminaries who have been guiding the affairs of the congress since the last three decades are Padma- Vibhushan Ayurveda Shiromani Shri Brihaspati Dev Triguna, Delhi, , Padma Bhushan Arya Vaidya P.K. Warier, Kerala, Vaidya Daya Ram Avasthi and others.

MAIN OBJECTS

The primary object of the All India Ayurvedic Congress is to work for all-round development of the science of Ayurveda and to secure for it a place of honour in the National Health Policy culminating in its acceptance as National System of Medicine; to improve its educational standard, training facilities and encourage meaningful research in this system; to upgrade and extend its existing medical facilities in order to improve the health of the masses through its natural and harmless, preventions and cure of diseases, thereby improving the general health of the Indian Nation as a whole and also the world at large.