The Indian High Commissioner, Dr. A.M. Godane and the Honorary Consul General, Mrs. A Singh were in Brisbane recently to attend the graduation ceremony of the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies. The function was organised to celebrate graduates from the Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda, a nationally recognised qualification that takes 3 years to complete.
According to AIAS Director, the Institute was humbled to receive both the High Commissioner and the Honorary Consul General as their guests at the event. “We wanted to celebrate the achievement of these students who have worked hard for 3 years to complete their Advanced Diploma qualification and the presence of both the High Commissioner and the Honorary Consul General to share their success added an extra dimension to the night.” He also thanked Umesh Chandra president of Queensland Multicultural Council and Usha Chandra, president of GOPIO Qld for their presence.
“India is the cradle of this ancient science, developed by our rishis and sages thousands of years ago and nurtured by generations of practitioners. It therefore seemed appropriate that representatives of the Indian Government should welcome a new batch of practitioners as they start sharing this ancient wisdom with the modern world.”
A total of 25 students were presented to the High Commissioner to receive their Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda, a national recognised qualification within the Australian Government’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Ajit said these graduates would be instrumental in raising the profile of Ayurveda in Australia. “Even though India is the home of Ayurveda, its holistic focus on health has made it the world’s fastest growing complimentary health science. It is now practiced in countries as far afield as Holland, Germany, Russia, USA, Japan and now Australia has joined the international community in embracing this ancient healing system.”
“As a complementary medicine, Ayurveda focuses on how we can achieve good health by maintaining a state of balance and provides a range of clinical methods to diagnose and treat disease. This is achieved by a profound understanding of how our lifestyle, dietary choices, our thoughts and behaviours and even the seasons can impact on our bodies and create imbalances that impact on our health. Ayurveda also provides a unique range of remedial methods ranging from massage therapies, herbal treatments, ayurvedic counselling, cooking and ayurvedic meditation to improve health by returning the body to balance.”
‘These Graduates will take these skills and knowledge to develop and provide ayurvedic healthcare to the community either in private practice or in an integrated healthcare environment so the health benefits of this ancient science can be shared with the world.”
“They will also be instrumental in reminding the Indian community of the healing power of Ayurveda because while Ayurveda is embraced by the western world for its effective solution to various physical, mental and emotional issues, sadly our own community has little respect for this science and see it as just a “jari buti”, or herbal remedy.”
The Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies was established by the current director, Dr. S. Ajit (BAMS) in 1999 to teach authentic Ayurveda in Australia and is the only training institute offering Government approved qualifications in Ayurveda in both Australia and New Zealand.
“We believe the Institute offers the most comprehensive curriculum in the study of Ayurvedic Medicine outside India. Our programmes are designed for students wishing to integrate Ayurveda into their personal and professional lives as well as providing them with the clinical training necessary to become successful practitioners.”
“It attracts both those interested in their personal health but also existing complementary health practitioners because our programmes expands the range of health assessment instruments and fills the gaps in therapeutic treatments available in our current health care system.
For more information contact: Richard Clark Ph: (07) 3345 8682 or Dr. Ajit (BAMS): Ph: +64 21 913 625