Ayurveda and Rural Development- Policy and Paradigms, Dehradun

National health policy and to deliver wellness to its citizens remains an unresolved challenge for countries across the world. It is estimated that about 80 % of people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicines. Traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda have a unique position to address the very challenge especially in the context of India.By the end of the year 2018, India’s GDP is set to cross USD 2.9 trillion. If harnessed carefully through prudent policies that also demand a paradigm shift, Ayurveda can contribute significantly toward the Indian economy. In 2013-14, the total income of the Ayurveda industry was only Rs 9,000 crore and more if one adds extracts, drugs, cosmetics and health-related herbal products.

Till 2014, the health budget allocation was only 3.37% for AYUSH whereas the total expenditure on Department of Health and Family welfare was 89.14%.Ayurveda is a science of the 21st century and beyond. It is important not only for the wellness of the citizens but also for the environment. Ayurveda has a special relevance for the socio-economic empowerment and creation of employment in the rural sector of India. The planned seminar shall be a platform to establish a dialogue between the stakeholders of Ayurveda practitioners and national policy makers to explore ways to develop a better and advanced National Policy which could help the system to cure more diseases and deliver wellness to citizens, while empowering the socio-economic fabric of rural India by building enterprises that meet the national and overseas demand for a better health.

Tentative Date- Sunday, 2 December 2018
Tentative Venue- ONGC Auditorium, Dehradun
Duration- 2 hours

About Pt. Manish Uprety,F.R.A.S 3 Articles
Pt. Manish Uprety F.R.A.S. Founder-Member of the Ayush Darpan Foundation was born in Almora, Uttarakhand. He is an alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India and the University of London, United Kingdom. The field of Management is his research area where he explored the co-evolution of strategy and environment. A prolific speaker on international development issues, Mr. Manish Uprety has addressed various established platforms such as Banque de France, Paris; Mexican Parliament, Mexico City; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi; EABA, Brussels; and ULPGC, Spain, among others. He was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (F.R.A.S.) of Great Britain and Ireland in October 2010. Mr. Manish Uprety was also conferred with "2006 Global Human Rights Protection Award" by the Indian Institute of Human Rights at the 8th World Human Rights Congress held in New Delhi, India on the World Human Rights Day on the 10th of December 2006. Mr. Uprety looked after the Technological and Institutional Development of the Intergovernmental Spirulina Programme of the Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute, an inter-governmental observer to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York. In the past, Mr. Uprety gained work experience with the BBC World Service and the One World Trust, Houses of Parliament, United Kingdom. He is also on the advisory board of Negara Infracon Pvt. Ltd to add to the strategic perspective of the company, and with the Kohima Komets Football Club (KKFC), Nagaland which is a premiership football club playing in the I- League, India. Mr. Uprety is associated with the India Association of the United Kingdom, and is also an international contributing editor to Nueva Diplomacia, an international relations magazine published in Chile.