1. Gone through the two videos. The lecture on curriculum was excellent. Though it is not a familiar subject to me, I watched it full and gained new knowledge and ideas. I could see your involvement and hard work in improving the Ayurveda education. Definitely this will help the Ayurveda teachers to prepare the Question paper in much better way. Even Curriculum aspect regarding preparing the blue print of education program for every year was excellent. Your systematic approach is one of the rarest form seen in Ayurveda field.
    To prepare curriculum we may be having so many problem, this is what I feel
    1. We don’t know what exactly is Vata Pitta and Kapha. There are so many hypotheses put forth by so many Ayurveda scholars, but we have not taken that in our studies to help the students, which in turn will create some new ideas about Tridosha theory and even that will help them to come up with more hypothetical theories with better understandings.
    For eg:
    1. Some scholars even today says Vata is some kind of air, gas
    2. some say they are the hormones
    3. Some says it is Nervous system
    4. Some says it is the force which causes movement in the body
    5. Some says it is the vital force
    6. Some says it is the initiator and stimulator
    Except the first two points I agree with all the other factors. These kind of theories should be added in the curriculum which will help the students to understand the theory in better way.
    If anyone asks my view on VATA ROGAS I may suggest to take Vata Roga under the heading of Nervous system and to understand the other Vata rogas like locomotor diseases which got included under Vata rogas as outdated version considering the contemporary science with reasoning.
    These kind of different views should be included in the curriculum.

    2. Corelative study is not supported by majority of teachers and Ayurveda doctors in many of the big universities, even majority have their own view regarding diagnosis and treatment aspect which again creates lot of confusion due to too much of variation in understanding the subject by different scholars.
    3. Due to lack of modern education Ayurveda doctors including teachers of many college treats Jaudice-Kamala, Pandu-Anemia, Jvara-fever which is really a sypmtom not a disease. Students of such teachers may commit the same mistake. Hence till we attain a uniformity in teaching with proper protocol, which is lacking now, improvement in Ayurveda education may not happen.
    4. There are lot of out dated explanations in Ayurveda Samhithas like total Brahmacharya leading to health, Vrikka without proper anatomical link, No explanation of brain and its function, major function of brain is related with Vata, Function of Puppusa is not well understood and it seems during Samhitha era they missed the function of Puppusa, most of the functions of nerve conduction is explained in relation to Dhamani. There are so many such explanations which can be considered as outdated with reference to the contemporary scientific development, which should be taught as outdated with reasoning. But the Ayurveda community has become so narrow minded that using the word outdated creates lot of personal attack and abuses. To develop and to make the Ayurveda as a feasible science for the present generation it is the responsibility of the Ayurveda community to become more honest, accept the outdated explanations and to go ahead with the upgraded understandings. All the outdated versions should be taught to the students with proper reasoning and the hard work and dedication of our Acharyas during samhitha era should be made understand to our students.
    They might have missed the link between Vrikka and Bladder due to the method of preservation of dead body, where they used to immerse the dead body in flowing water for 15 days and by that time the very delicate ureter might have got putrefied and in such case it is not possible to trace the link between the Vrikka and Urinary bladder due to its anatomical placings. The same explanation applies to the brain as well as lungs.
    Most of the diseases explained in Ayurveda Samhithas are of Syndromic approach. Again considering the stage of evolution the method was very perfect for Samhitha period, but if we fail to develop the diagnosis skill as per modern science, and developing the skill of co relating those diseases with the Ayurveda explained diseases the next generation Ayurveda community may face lot of problem in dealing with health care.

    These facts should be considered while preparing the curriculum and should be updated periodically adding the advancements in to it.
    I also suggest to add a new subject in the final year of BAMS, or in PG studies to add advanced learning of Ayurvedic principles where it should be dedicated to learn, discuss, to add inputs to all controversial, difficult aspects of Ayurveda. Under this subject enough room should be provided for the students to develop new ideas.


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