DST Secretary Dr. Chandrasekhar inaugurated the Maharishi Charaka Medicinal Plant Garden at IASST, Guwahati

Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, Secretary, Dept. of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, on 17th August 2022, inaugurated the Maharishi Charaka Medicinal Plant Garden at IASST, Guwahati in the presence of Director, faculty members, staff and research scholars of IASST. Dr. Chandrasekhar opined that the park would also create awareness of the conservation and traditional uses of herbs and medicinal plants among visitors, students, farmers, and others who can learn how to identify and conserve these important medicinal plants. Prof. Ashis Mukherjee, Director, IASST, said that the Garden would serve as a learning center to study the economic and therapeutic value of traditional medicinal plants. Because of the mammoth contribution of Maharishi Charaka to Indian medicinal plants and Ayurveda, the Garden is named after him. The park is a rich repository of fifty-three different medicinal plant species based on Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM). Many of them are highly abundant in the NER region of India. Many medicinal plants are on the way to extinction, and this Garden will conserve Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN). Healing with medicinal plants is an old treatment method as old as humanity itself. Contemporary science has also acknowledged and considered in modern pharmacotherapy the active actions of plant-origin drugs, known by ancient civilizations and used throughout the millennia. The knowledge of the development of ideas related to the usage of medicinal plants with awareness will increase the ability to combat the challenges encountered by healthcare professionals. On this occasion, the Secretary also planted a medicinal plant in this Garden.

 

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