Ayurvedic Chair in UTAR

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is setting up an Ayurvedic Academic Chair within its institution in a bid to widen the range of medical treatments in the country.

A Memorandum of Understan­ding (MoU) was signed between the higher learning institution and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Studies (CCRAS) from India’s AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry.

Under the MoU, the Ayurvedic Academic Chair will serve to raise awareness and quality of Ayurvedic education while broadening students’ learning experience in Ayurvedic science.

UTAR president Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said the chair will also look into developing a syllabus for a degree in Ayurveda besides undertaking related academic and research activities.

“Most importantly, this collaboration will lead to a credible source of AYUSH-related information in Malaysia,” he said during the signing ceremony at UTAR’s campus here yesterday. Prof Chuah also said the partnership was timely as the institution is working to build its own hospital in Perak.

“We will be unique in the sense where we have Western, traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine for patients to choose from, once it is up and running,” he said.

Present at the signing were Indian Deputy High Commissioner Nikhilesh Chandra Giri, Indian First Secretary (Commerce and Informa­tion) Bramha Kumar, UTAR Inter­nationalisation and Academic Deve­lopment vice-president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, and UTAR Research, Development and Commercialisa­tion vice-president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei.

/theSTAR 06-05-2017

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