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Ayurveda tutors for US colleges

In a major step towards promoting Ayurvedic studies in the US and tapping its 40 billion dollars herbal market, India has cleared the proposal to send experts to teach Ayurveda in 10 American medical colleges.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 13:08 IST

In amajor step towards promoting Ayurvedic studies in the US and tapping its 40 billion dollars herbal market, India has cleared the proposal to send experts to teach Ayurveda in 10 American medical colleges.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has extended his full support for the proposal and we are in touch with officials of the Ayurveda Department in this regard," a senior medical representative of the Indian Doctors in the US, Navin C.

Shah said. Shah, who met Singh on Tuesday and is scheduled to meet senior bureaucrats to work out the proposal, said under the arrangement the Union government will finance two Ayurveda professors for the course.

Shah said a short course in Ayurveda will create further interest in learning and use of the ancient Indian system of medicine benefitting patients in the US.

Shah, a leading urologist in Washington and the former president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin, representing 41,000 doctors, said there existed a vast $40 billion herbal market in the US.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 13:08 IST