A delegation headed by Shri Nilanjan Sanyal, Secretary, Deptt. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare visited Hungary on 21-24th September 2014. Accompanied by Shri Bala Prasad, Joint Secretary, Deptt. of AYUSH and Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda and Director Incharge Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, the delegation came to visit Hungary with the aim to promote Ayurveda in the country, and to participate in the International Ayurveda conference which was held on 22-23rd September in cooperation with the Traditional Indian Medicine for the Public Health in Hungary Foundation.

On 22nd Sept. the inaugural session of the conference was held at the ASCC auditorium of the Embassy from 1500-18:15 featuring a short film on Ayurveda, welcome addresses by Ambassador Malay Mishra and Dr. Peter Medgyessy, Founder, Traditional Indian Medicine for the Public Health in Hungary Foundation and several presentations.

Lectures were given on the importance of Ayurveda in public health and the priorities and results of research and education by Mr. Nilanjan Sanyal and Prof. Dr. Abhimaniu Kumar, followed by a presentation on Ayurveda as a development opportunity in Hungary by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the University of Debrecen. This was followed by the presentation of Dr. Harsha Gramminger, President of the European Ayurveda Association-EUAA with the title ’Steady Development from a pure wellness movement to real medical expertise’ The event was closed with a reception hosted by Secretary of Ayush with Dinner reception for appx 125 participants.

On 23rd September, the accompanied by Ambassador Malay Mishra, the delegation called on Mr. Istvan Ijgyarto, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreing Affairs of Hungary to discuss the opportunities of Ayurveda in Hungary.

Thereafter a visit was made to the CHE Homeopathy College in Budapest where the Indian delegation called on Mrs. Andrea Székely, Director to discuss the situation of homeopathy in Hungary, including education links with India. In the afternoon the second part of the conference was held in Hotel Novotel Budapest Centrum aiming to have a more scientific discussion on the subject of Ayurveda. The event was held from 1400 hrs to 1830.

Lectures were delivered by Mr. Nilanjan Sanyal on the conceptual and philosofical foundations of the 5000 year old Indian medicine, renowned writer Mr. Peter Muller on the universal human existence and the vedic culture and the Ayurvedic approach of specific medical specialities by Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar, including locomotor system diseases, diabetes and pediatrics.

This was followed by presentations on the treatment of neuro-muscular diseases by Mr. Mukesh D. Jain, an overview of complementary medicine in Europe by Dr. Gabriella Hegyi representing the University of Pécs, the showcasing of Western-European experiences in acceptance and difficulties by Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director fo the European Academy of Ayurveda. Finally presentations were given on Ayurveda from the point of Western medicine by Dr. Iván Szalkai, as well as the treatment of skin diseases by Ms. Anjali Jain, Director of Holistic Asthetics at Sanjivani Wellness Centre. The event was followed by a buffet dinner for the appx 100 participants.

On 24th September, the Indian delegation accompanied by Ambassador and Second Secretary (Comm & Inf) visited Debrecen University and called on Dr. Zoltan Szilvassy, Rector on setting up an Indian Chair on Ayurveda, and held discussions regarding the upcoming Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research. Whereas the Chair on Ayurveda has been selected and will be in place by October end, an agreement in principle has been reached on proposed Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research to be set up in University of Debrecen.

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“One result of this high-level conference is a small projectgroup which will work in the field of research. Experts from Debrezin(HU), Varese (I), Essen+Berlin (D) and Vienna (A) will join their forces in the research of “Lifestyle, Yoga and nutrition”. The common aim is to work without medicinal products for a metabolic-syndrome study,” Dr. Harsha Gramminger explained.

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