Ayurveda is the medical side of Yoga. It is India’s traditional natural healing system, which has been practiced for over 5,000 years. At present, in India, there are more than 240 colleges that offer a graduate-level degree (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery—BAMS) in Ayurveda. Amongst them is National Institute of Ayurveda which has taken the step forward to popularize Ayurveda in Malaysia.
To enhance cooperation in research and popularization of Ayurvedic medicine in this country, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between India’s National Institute of Ayurveda and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) of Malaysia. The MoU was signed by SanjeevSharma, Director of the Jaipur-based NIA and Ling Liong Sik, Council Chairman of Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
As per the MoU, NIA would assist UTAR in starting a faculty of Ayurveda for full-fledged Bachelors and Master’s degree programmes for Ayurveda in Malaysia.
Since time immemorial, India and Malaysia have a strong collaboration in the field of traditional and complementary medicine; hence, the two countries are further eager to strengthen their association in education, training, research, and popularization of Ayurveda in Malaysia. At the governmental level, the two countries have set up a bilateral Technical Commission between Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Ministry of AYUSH, which meets annually.
The 4th bilateral meeting termed as the ‘Technical Meeting’ is scheduled to be held later this month in Kuala Lumpur. In the year 2015, a bilingual book titled ‘Ayurveda: Science and Practice was launched in English and Bahasa Malaya by the High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur in association with University of Malaya .
Already, India has deputed an Ayurveda doctor and two therapists to the Malaysia’s Ministry of Health since 2014 and a Siddha doctor is expected to arrive here soon. Every year, the Indian government offers 20 scholarships to Malaysians to pursue Bachelors’ degree in Ayurveda and other systems of traditional and complementary medicine in India, which has gone up over the years.