Amrita Center for Advanced Research in Ayurveda (ACARA), Amrita School of Ayurveda will organise a two day International Conference on Integrative Ayurveda and Modern Medicine- Amrita Samyogam 2017 from August 6 - 7, 2017. This conference is an attempt to bring together practitioners of Allopathy and Ayurveda. It will facilitate the formulation of a roadmap to develop guidelines for integrative medical practice.

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri is Vice Chairman of Mata Amritanandamayi Math and the President of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University. He is is a senior disciple of and also the first disciple who had been initiated into Sanyasa by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Swamiji has been at the forefront of all the socio-humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in the country and abroad. Swamiji’s impeccable oratory is well-matched by his soulful rendering of bhajans.
Swami Poornamritananda Puri is the General Secretary of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. is a senior sannyasi disciple of Amma. An engineer and research scientist by training, Swamiji found Amma many years ago in search of his quest for God. In his years staying close to Amma, living and transforming himself, Swamiji has embodied Amma’s message of love and peace. His sweet temperament and simplicity have endeared him to many all over the world, both children and adults alike, traveling alongside Amma and on his own to share the wisdom of Amma’s vision.
Shripad Yesso Naik is the Member of Parliament from North Goa constituency representing the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is member of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); Union Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He received the Samaraj Ratna Award on 18 August 2016
Dr. Ketaki Bapat, Scientist 'F', Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt. of India. Dr. Ketaki Bapat is currently working as a Senior Scientist in the office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and was working as a Scientific Officer in Radiopharmaceuticals Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. She is co-ordinating various initiatives such as “Science in Ayurveda”, Rural Technology Action Group, Identifying gifted children in science and maths etc. supported by the office.
Dr. Rajesh Kotecha is an Ayurveda physician who received a Padmashri Award for Medicine in 2015.He is appointed as Special Secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Ayurveda University, Jamnagar. He founded Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center in Jaipur, India in 1998. He has traveled to many countries for the propagation and practice of Ayurveda. He received the Global Ayurveda Physician Award in 2007, Ayurveda Ratna Award in 2008.
Dr. P. R. Krishnakumar, Chancellor, Avinashilingam Women’s Universtity, Coimbatore and Managing Director, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore. Padmashree Doctor PR Krishna Kumar (born 23 september 1951) is the son of Arya Vaidyan P. V. Rama Varier, the founder of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. After studying Ayurveda at the college in Shornur, Kerala he took up preservation and promotion of Ayurveda as his life's mission. As the head of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, a premier ayurvedic institution in the country,
Dr. S. P. Sardeshmukh, PhD, Director of Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, Pune. He has teaching experience of 41 years for Undergraduate (B.A.M.S.), Postgraduate (M.D.) & Post- Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) in Ayurved. Currently, Dean of Ayurved Faculty of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. Invited to deliver lectures & demonstrations for propagation of Ayurved for last 26 years in various countries like Australia, Japan, Germany Switzerland, Vienna, Slovenia, Holland, Italy and USA. More than 7500 cancer patients of various types & stages are treated with Ayurvedic treatment at various centers viz. Pune, Mumbai, Solapur, Kolhapur, Nasik, New Delhi-Gurgaon.
Mrs. Shailaja Chandra IAS, Former Chief Secretary Delhi Government and Secretary AYUSH Government of India.Shailaja Chandra has been a career civil servant for over 40 years. Aside from 15 years with the Central Government where she held assignments in the Ministries of Defence, Power and Health, Ms. Chandra has worked in different parts of the country with the State Governments. She was Health Secretary in Delhi and joined the Government of India as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health &Family Welfare where she was promoted as Additional Secretary and later Secretary in the same Ministry.
Dr. Darshan Shankar, Advisor, Transdisciplinary University, Bengaluru. Darshan Shankar is the managing trustee of FRLHT and founder of TDU. His core contributions lie in the field of educational innovation. He has won several national and international awards viz. Commonwealth Award (1976), Normal Borlaug Award (1998) for contributions to conservation of wild populations of medicinal plants, Columbia University’s International Award (2003) for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and in 2011, the Govt. of India conferred on him, the Padma Shri.
Dr. Dinesh Katoch, Advisor, Ministry of AYUSH where he is assigned with the responsibility of AYUSH Drug Control matters, coordinating formulation of 12th Five Year Plan for AYUSH and dealing with International Cooperation issues in the area of Traditional Medicine. Dr. Katoch has about 29 years’ illustrious professional experience in clinical, academic, policy, planning and technical advisory fronts related to Ayurveda in particular and traditional medicine in general.
Dr. Vanitha Muralikumar, President, Central Council for Indian Medicine, Government of India. She is also Principal cum Director - Clinical Research Sri Sairam Ayurveda Medical College and Research Centre, Chennai. She is also Senate Member - The T.N Dr.M.G.R Medical University, Chennai and Faculty Member - The T.N Dr.M.G.R Medical University, Chennai.
Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar, Director, All India Institute of Ayruveda. He briefly held the charge of Director General, CCRAS, New Delhi. After MD in Ayurvedic Pediatrics, was also awarded with PhD and later received his master's degree (MSc) in applied Psychology and Diploma in Yoga. Authored three books and published 102 research papers in various scientific national and international journals. Supervised 65 MDs and 10 PhD scholars. He has traveled to many countries for the global propagation of Ayurveda.
Dr. Sankara Chaitanya, MD (Ay), Medical Director, Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amrita University, Kollam, Kerala. Br. Sankara Chaitanya is serving as a Professor in the Department of Kayachikitsa. He completed his BAMS from Ayurveda College, Coimbatore under the Gurukula system of training , which was affiliated with University of Madras in 1986. He underwent postgraduate training in Kayacikitsa and obtained MD from Government Ayurveda College, Trivandrum under Kerala University in 1991. He joined Amrita School of Ayurveda in the year 2004 as Assistant Professor.
Dr. Bipin Nair, Director, Amrita School of Biotechnology, Amrita University, Kollam, Kerala. Bipin Nair received his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1986 from the Department of Microbiology, M.S. University of Baroda, India and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA, in the Dept. of Pharmacology from 1987-1992. His major contributions during that phase were in the areas of growth factor receptor signaling, GTP binding proteins and second messenger pathways. Dr. Nair then moved to the Biotechnology industry in 1993 and held the position of Senior Scientist- Lead Discovery at MDS Pharma Services in Seattle, Washington, USA
Dr. (Col) Vishal Marwaha currently serves as Principal and Professor and Head, at Department of Rheumatology , School of Medicine, Kochi. . His experience include observership at Nottingham University, UK (City Hospital & Queen’s Medical Centre) and training in Rheumatology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. Awards received by him are Manakkal Silver medal (MD General Medicine) - 1995, Young investigator award (APLAR) Jeju, Korea - 2004 and International Scholarship, Japan College of Rheumatology - 2006
Dr. Asoke Banerji has made very significant contributions in diverse areas of biotechnology and basic bioorganic chemistry. He obtained Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor T.R. Seshadri, F.R.S. and Professor V.V.S. Murti from the University of Delhi in 1964. He was awarded a senior research fellowship by the International Atomic Energy Agency to work with Professor D.H.R. Barton and Professor E.B. Chain, both Nobel Laureates, at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Dr. Banerji joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai in 1967 and was Head of the Bioorganic Division from 1989-98.
Sri. A. Jayakumar, Secretary General of Vijnana Bharati and Trustee, World Ayurveda Foundation. He is a senior RSS Pracharak and has spearheaded and guided the World Ayurveda Congress which is organised once in two years. It is one of the largest event for Ayurveda in the world attracting thousands of participants from all over the world. He has also been actively workingh to promote awarness on the scientific contributions of ancient India.
Dr. Prasanna Rao, Principal, SDM College of Ayurveda, Hassan, Karnataka He has a teaching experience of more than two decades. He is a former Executive Member of the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM). Member of P G. Board of studies (Ayu) of RGUHS Member of Academic Council of RGUHS, Bangalore. He is an able Administrator and has also served as Clinical Registrar, IMS, BHU, Varanasi : From 1st July, 1987 to 27th August, 1993.