Kochi, Jul 12: More than 2,000 delegates from India and abroad will participate in a four-day 'International Grand Centennial Convention' on Ayurveda to mark the culmination of the year-long birth centenary celebrations of the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy founder P V Rama Varier at Coimbatore from August 21.
Speaking to newspersons here on Friday evening July 11, Pharmacy Medical Director K G Raveendran said the convention would focus on three areas -- geriatrics, chronic metabolic disorders and nutrition, that could catalyze the globalisation of Ayurveda by impacting health care at both the global and grass-root level.
Dr Raveendran said the convention would discuss on Ayurvedic pedagogy and science in the context of Ayurveda for global experience, Ayurveda and biotechnology, health and illness and the challenges for Ayurveda, transcultural perception and regulatory issues and evolution of Ayurvedic Industry in the global pharma mileu.
The deliberation was expected to initiate collaborative research programmes, involving minimum one Ayruveda institute and an institute specialising in a relevant area of Science at the national or international level and for setting up a national centre for geriatrics, chronic metabolic disorders and nutrition through public-private partnership(PPP), he added.
He said, as part of the convention, an International Ayurveda Expo, 2008 (Arogya 2008) would be organised, bringing together medicine manufacturers, panchakarma centres, educational institutes, research institutes, NGOs, food industry and welfare centre, among others.
Dr Raveendran said the key components of the expo would be, product launch and promotion, buyer and seller meet, Ayurveda-IT interaction and insurance companies.
The convention would also include, pre-conference workshops on Ayurvedic surgery, eye-care, Kerala Ayurveda treatment, pharmaceuticals, clinical documentation, bioethics, textual tradition and yoga, he added.