Dr. Manu V. K., who graduated from the Amrita School of Ayurveda in 2011 with a bachelors’ degree, secured the first rank in the Kerala Entrance Exam for admission to MD (Ayurveda) courses.
The examination was conducted on October 14, 2012, to select students for all colleges under the purview of the Kerala University of Health Sciences.
Manu secured first rank among 1243 graduates, who also wrote the exam with him. Other graduates of the Amrita School of Ayurveda also secured high ranks, viz. Dr. Devipriya (rank 35), Dr. Agatha (rank 61), Dr. Aswathy Kutty (rank 76), Dr. Aiswarya (rank 90) and Dr. Kiran K Prasad (rank 109).
All these doctors graduated from the Amrita School of Ayurveda with the Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree
In the Entrance Exam, they all attempted two papers, carrying 450 marks each. To obtain the first rank, Manu secured 792 marks out of 900.
All candidates ascribed their success to the training they received at Amrita.
“The Amrita School of Ayurveda is where I learned the basics of Ayurvedic medicine. My teachers inspired me to understand the essence of authentic Ayurveda,” stated Dr. Manu.
“The list of people who have inspired me is very long. Dr. B. Syamala (Principal), Dr. Anantharam Sharma (Department of Panchakarma), Dr. Lekshmi Rajmohan (formerly in Department of Kaumarabhritya) and Dr. Ajayan (formerly in Department of Shalakya Tantra) have all helped me a great extent,” he added.
Dr. Manu also credited some of his success to the personal mentoring he received from Dr. Rajmohan of the Department of Rasasastra and Bhaishjya Kalpana in Government Ayurveda Medical College, Trivandrum. Dr. Manu was posted there during his period of house surgency.
He aced not only the Kerala Entrance Exam but also in exams conducted by the Gujarat Ayurveda University in Jamnagar and NTR University of Health Sciences in Vijayawada, obtaining ranks of 26 and 17, respectively.
“Ayurveda is an applied science. I have enjoyed learning, and applying knowledge in clinical practice. I have also enjoyed life in all its minute aspects like Amma recommends. Noticing a dew drop in an orchid flower in my garden, having chats with my best friends, attending classes were all equally enjoyable for me during my student days. Applying Amma’s perspective in life can undoubtedly take one to the pinnacle of success,” Dr. Manu shared.
“If my first rank can inspire my juniors in Amrita, I would be happy. If I can use my degree to help recuperate patients who seek the help of Ayurvedic medicine, I would be even more happy,” he concluded.
November 13, 2012
Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amritapuri