Ayurveda in recent years has gained significant momentum as the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided a world wide forum for promoting this Alternative forms of healing. In Puducherry many new Ayurveda colleges and institutes are coming up every year. Learning Ayurveda in Puducherry is not difficult; course fee charged is nominal. Ayurveda colleges are able to attract many students from around India to pursue Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D programmes. Diploma and Short Term Certificate programmes in Ayurveda are also offered.
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Ayurveda is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. It deals not only with the physical aspect but also spiritual health too. The main purpose of this system is to promote health rather than just treat disease. Ayuvedic medicine are prepared by using natural herbs and minerals.
For UG programme admission: 10+2 (Science) with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Admission to BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in Puducherry is done through common entrance test.
For PG programme admission: Students interested in postgraduate studies are required bachelor's degree qualification in Ayurveda. They can opt for specialization from various areas of Ayurvedic studies. Some of the popular specializations are Kaya Chikitsa, Panchakarssa, Drayyaguna, Salya, Salyaka and Prasutitantra, Rasasatra and Kshar Sutra. PG Diploma programmes and research programme like Ph.D etc. are also offered.
Ayurveda practitioners can opt to practice across the country. Ayurvedic medicines are rapidly gaining acceptance all over the world.