NCISM introduces pre-Ayurveda course for students in Sanskrit Gurukulams

Feb 6, 2024

National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) under the Ministry of AYUSH has planned to launch a 7-year program for the students studying. Sanskrit Gurukulam Study Pre-Ayurveda after 10th class. These courses will be taught in Gurukulams which will soon be established across the country which will require affiliation of NCISM. The new rules will help students of Sanskrit gurukulams affiliated with state Sanskrit boards. There are eight Sanskrit boards which come under the purview of Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE). As per the rules published in the Official Gazette of NCISMThere are about eight Sanskrit boards in the country which include Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Maharishi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan, Chhattisgarh Sanskrit Board, Bihar Sanskrit Education Board, UP Secondary Sanskrit Education Board Sanskrit Bhavan, Assam Sanskrit Board, Indian Hindi and Sanskrit Education Council. And Uttarakhand Sanskrit Education Council. This decision will benefit these boards as the students studying in Gurukulam will get a chance to progress.
NCISM also regulates Pre-Trib courses which are functional for Urdu medium students who take admission in Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) courses. Students from Urdu-medium schools and madrassas usually enroll in Pre-Tib courses. The total duration of these pre-Ayurveda courses will be seven and a half years. The initial two years of Pre-Ayurveda courses will strengthen the students' academic base and prepare them to pursue graduate studies. Ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS). The course is of four years duration and one and a half years is dedicated to internship. Students will get a chance to do internship in Ayurveda hospitals to be set up under Gurukulam.
“Students will have to appear for separate exams neet entrance exam The pattern of which will be finalized by the expert committee appointed by NCISM. These courses which will be taught in residential mode in Gurukulam institutions. Affiliation of NCISM will be mandatory for setting up these Gurukulam institutions,” says Jayant DevpujariChairman, NCISM, Delhi.
“The decision to allow students to enroll Pre-Ayurveda Course NCISM is taken under Section 14 of the Act after passing 10th class. This is essential for students studying in Sanskrit Gurukulams under the State Sanskrit Board, who face difficulties in taking admission in BAMS courses,” says Devpujari.
“Students from Sanskrit medium schools often do not have a strong foundation in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, due to which they are not able to acquire the knowledge to crack the NEET exam. “The Pre-Ayurveda course after class 10th will give an overview on basic science subjects. Along with English, PCM will also be taught extensively to the students, thereby strengthening their academic base,” Devpujari adds.
NCISM has warned that these courses will not serve as a backdoor entry to get admission into BAMS course without qualifying the NEET UG exam. “We have made it mandatory that the establishment of Gurukulam institutions will depend on the population of the state. For example, only one Gurukulam institution will be established in a state with a population of about 5 crore. On the other hand, three Gurukulam institutions can be established in a state with a population of 12 crore,” says Devpujari.
Sanjeev Sharma, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, says, “This initiative will help students who have studied through Sanskrit medium. In most of the cases, they are unable to clear NEET UG. Their knowledge of subjects like Physics , Chemistry and Biology is limited.”

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