DIPSRU and IASTAM organizes Oration and Awards function

Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU) and International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) jointly organized “13th IASTAM Oration and Awards Function-2023 and International Conclave” at DPSRU Campus, New Delhi recently.

The theme of this year was “Regulatory Aspects of AYUSH Products for Global Reach and Competitiveness”.. The event started with invocation and University song. Welcome address and Introduction was given by Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, Vice Chancellor, DPSRU who elaborated about the developments in DPSRU in field of Ayurveda and Unani towards research formulation development and testing facilities.


Dr. C.K. Katiyar , President, IASTAM, India, addressed the gathering and given introduction of IASTAM which was followed by felicitation of guests. Dr. Narendra Bhatt elaborated about IASTAM awards. Three orations and nine awards were conferred to distinguished persons for their contribution in the field of Traditional Asian Medicine. IASTAM ‘Pt. Shiv Sharma Oration‘ for contribution to “Promotion of Ayurveda” was given to Acharya Balkrishna, Vice Chancellor , Patanjali University, Haridwar. IASTAM ‘Zandu International’ Oration for research contributions to natural products was given to Dr. Dilip Ghosh, Principal Consultant, Nutri Connect, Sydney, Australia. IASTAM ‘Zandu International’ Oration For Research Contributions to Ayurvedic Products was given to Dr.Suresh Patankar, Hon. Professor & HOD Urology, B.J. Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital, Pune.


Dr. K. N. Udupa‘ IASTAM Award for contributions to Research in Ayurveda / Indigenous Systems of Medicine was given to Dr. Shridhar Dwiwedi, Senior Consultant Cardiologist & Head, Academics, National Heart Institute, New Delhi. ‘Dr. C. Dwarakanath‘ IASTAM Award For Contemporary Interpretation or Application of Ayurvedic Principles was given to Dr.Bheema Bhatta, Medical Director, Ayurvaid Hospitals, Medanta Medicity, Gurugram/Delhi. ‘Dr. K. M. Parikh’ IASTAM Award For Contribution to Drug Development of Ayurvedic/ Herbal Pharmaceutics was given to Dr. Vandana Mody, Vice President -Phytochemistry Department at Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. ‘Vinaben Patel’ IASTAM Award For Excellence in Teaching Ayurveda was given to Dr. H. M. Chandola, Former Director-Principal Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Former Dean – IPGT&RA Gujarat Ayurved University Jamnagar. Mathura Das Parikh IASTAM Award for Excellence in Profession- Ayurveda was given to Vaid Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, National Commission for Indian Medicine (NCSIM), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. Yoga Forum Munchen Patanjali IASTAM Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Development of Yoga was given to Dr. Manjunath N.K, Dr. Manjunath N.K, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore. Gopal Das Parikh IASTAM Award for Contribution to Drug Development in the field of Phytochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry or Biochemistry was given to Dr. Rakesh Maurya, Consultant, CSIR-CDRI. Vd Chandra Prakash IASTAM Award for Contribution in Rasa Shastra was given to Dr. K. Shankar Rao, Former Pro Vice Chancellor: National Institute of Ayurveda (De Novo University), Jaipur and Shri Jugatram Vaidya IASTAM Award for Excellence in ShalyaTantra was given to Vd. Haridra Dave, Former I/C Deputy Director(Ayurved) Training and Research, Directorate AYUSH, Gujarat, India.


The Chief Guest of the ceremony was Shailja Chandra, Former Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH. Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS, New Delhi and Prof. Asim Ali Khan joined the event as Guest of honor. On this occasion souvenir of event was released by Chief Guest and Guest of Honor. Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya, Guest of honor, discussed about the importance of traditional systems of medicine and updated the gathering about work done so far by CCRAS in his address. This was followed by the address of Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Guest of honor and he also elaborated about the significance of Unani medicine system and updated about CCRUM. Chief Guest, Mrs. Shailja Chandra, Former Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India shared her journey and work experience in this field and emphasized on scientific validation of traditional medicines.


Dr.Narendra S. Bhatt introduced the audience with Acharya Balkrishna and Oration was given by Acharya Balkrishna. This session was chaired by Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya and Dr.NarendraS.Bhatt. Acharya Balkrishna enlightened the gathering by his though provoking ideas and shared the contribution of Patanjali University in this field. Concluding remarks were given by Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya. Vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. Ajay Sharma, DPSRU. This was followed by National Anthem and Lunch.

Oration 2 and 3 were given by Dr. Dilip Ghosh, Principal Consultant, Nutri Connect, Sydney, Australia and Dr.Suresh Patankar, Hon. Professor & HOD Urology, B.J. Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital, Pune respectively followed by theme based plenary lectures and expert talk. The first plenary lecture session comprised of 3 lectures on the conclave theme. This session was chaired by Dr. Manjunath N.K, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore and Dr. KousthubhaUpadhyaya, Adviser (Ay.), Drug Policy Section, AYUSH. First plenary lecture was given by Dr. Narendra Bhatt, Consultant Ayurveda; Research & Industry, CRIA Consultant, Mumbai on the topic “AYUSH Regulatory Aspects: Some Critical Issues for Deliberation”. The second plenary lecture was given by Dr. Vishweshwaraiah Prakash, Former Director-General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the topic “The AYUSH Regulatory and Global Leadership”. The third plenary lecture was given by Dr. Kanan Shah, Research and Regulatory Associate, Alphamed Pty Ltd, Sydney Australia on the topic “Introduction to Multi-Herbal preparations in Australia: Scope and Regulations”. This session was followed by a tea break. Symposia 1 started with the theme: “Phytopharmaceutical Regulations and CDSCO”. Symposia 1 comprised of 4 expert talks.

Status of Participation of the Conference Total delegates registered: 225 (approx.) which include students, scholars, faculty and industrial delegates. Total research papers presented by students and faculty: 85, Orations by distinguished scientists: 03, Plenary lectures by Awardees: 05, Invited lectures: 12, Participation of delegates from 5 States of India; 02 panel discussions, and 04 Symposia on the themes, Phytopharmaceuticals Regulations, International Regulations with respect to Complementary and Alternative Medicines, AYUSH regulations and Nutraceuticals and food products. Participation by Pharmacy and Ayuerved institutes: Over 25.

Co-sponsors: IASTAM, Pharmaceutical Industry and Analytical Instrument Companies like Emami, Aimil, Multani, Waters, Khera instruments Pvt. Ltd, Yogic secrets, Thermofisher Scientific, Milestone and NiraliPrakashan.

Expected outcomes of the conference

The two-day deliberations will come out with recommendations to be submitted to the Government with the respect to regulatory issues and solutions to promote AYUSH Industry. Development of Centre of Excellent on Traditional Medicine in the University and lastly MoU with Patanjali University and it was confirmed by Acharya Bal Krishna Acharya.

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