7th World Ayurveda Congress held in Kolkata


The 7th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) will be held from 2nd – 4th December, 2016 at Science City, Kolkata. The mega event is being organized by the World Ayurveda Foundation with support of Ministry of AYUSH, and the State Government of West Bengal. To facilitate development and growth of AYUSH system of medicine, the Ministry of AYUSH is also organizing AROGYA Expo from 1st-4th December, 2016 at Science City, Kolkata to coincide with the 7th World Ayurveda Congress. The Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik would be inaugurating the Arogya Expo tomorrow.

The focus of this 7th World Ayurveda Congress is – ‘Strengthening the Ayurveda Ecosystem’ and the congregation will bring together stakeholders in the Ayurveda sector from India and abroad. There are three major components of the program this year (1) Public Outreach session which comprises of the Ayurveda Expo, the Ayurveda Clinics for the general public and Public Lectures. (2) Influencing Policy and (3) Promoting Science. The 7th WAC will hold 5 plenary sessions, 25 parallel sessions and a large number of paper presentations, complemented by a series of associated events.

This year’s World Ayurveda Congress will be the largest ever as compared to the earlier World Ayurveda Congress at Kochi 2002, Pune 2006, Jaipur 2008, Bengaluru 2010, Bhopal 2012 and Delhi 2014. Over 3500 delegates, including over 350 international delegates from 24 countries representing the Global Ayurveda fraternity are expected to participate. Other participants would be Students, Ayurvedic practitioners, traditional healers, academics, research scientists, policy makers, industry, cultivators and collectors of medicinal plants, agricultural and forestry experts, buyers from overseas, regulators from developed nations and members of society in and around Kolkata interested in Ayurveda.

More than 1893 scientific papers of international caliber are being considered for presentation in over 30 multi-track scientific sessions. Pre Congress workshops have already been conducted on Scientific Writing, Panchakarma, Ksharkarma, Afforestation of Medicinal Plants, Mental Health and other matters concerning Ayurveda. For the Ayurvedic industry the B2B meet, Conclave on Ethno Seminar and Scientific Lectures would be the added attractions.

Poster sessions and a meeting of Gurus and Shishyas on Congress campus will facilitate interaction among the Ayurveda community cutting across generations. On the agenda is also a meeting for over 200 traditional healers from North Eastern India and other States who will demonstrate their medical approaches that have remained relevant to health care challenges in this great country – India. A Buyer Seller Meet in which 50 foreign buyers have been invited at the behest of PHARMEXCIL and Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, is expected to boost the export potential of the Ayurvedic Industry.

AROGYA EXPO will showcase the best that Ayurveda sector has to offer in products and services to the society. Leading companies from all over India will display their best in Ayurvedic innovation. Medical and Educational institutions will demonstrate their health care options for a healthy life in today’s high pressure Lifestyle. Visitors at the AROGYA EXPO would also be enthralled about the great traditional science and may also partake free health checkups at the AYUSH Clinics set up and manned by experienced practitioners of AYUSH Systems and manufactures of Ayush medicines.

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