For his lifetime contributions to the field of Ayurveda, Dr. Mattakkara Ramachandran Nair, the Chief Consultant at the Center for Holistic Medicine at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, was honoured with the Ashtangaratna. The government-instituted Ayurveda Doctor awards are being distributed since 2006 as part of a government scheme for the propagation of Ayurveda.