Education in Ayurveda has a rich tradition. It was taught in the universities of Takshila and Nalanda in ancient times - the golden era of Ayurveda. However, it suffered a setback during medieval period and more so during British rule in India. Fortunately, Ayurveda has received a new impetus after independence and is on its way to revival. But Mahatma Hans Raj thought of contributing to the development of Ayurveda long before Independence in 1898 by establishing Dayanand Ayurvedic College at Lahore. When the college was growing, all its movable & immovable property had to be left at Lahore due to partition in 1947. Consequently, it was re-established at Amritsar, but on account of insufficient space there, it was shifted to Jalandhar in 1953.
The college has produced more than 7000 graduates so far who are serving the patients urban as well as rural areas. It is interesting to know that Shri Yagya Dutt Sharma who was the Governor of Orissa, was a product of this college. Another graduate, Pt. Padam Dev has served H.P. as Health Minister. Graduates like Dr. Surender Kumar Sharma (Advisor Ayurveda, Govt. of India) have served Ayurveda at higher administrative levels.
This Pharmacy continues to uphold the great tradition and endeavours to bring the benefits of Ayurveda to common man by conducting research in the field of Ayurveda and blending the traditional values of this age old science with modern methods of production and standardization. Beginning in a humble way with a handful of products the Pharmacy has consolidated its position. Now, using as many as two hundred medicinal plants DAV Pharmacy produces a range of over 250 health promoting classical and patent products.
Yoga is one of the greatest contribution of the India to the world. It is a drugless method of holistically treating almost all the diseases which are result of modern life styles. If practiced regularly it is one of the best preventive method to avoid diseases. This India's vedic wisdom in health and medicine is getting global popularity rather world knows India most for spiritual and yogic healing and demand for yoga teachers is increasing all over the world.
Unfortunately because of governments negligence to the most important branch of Indology and scarcity of Govt. yoga teaching centers, a lot of unqualified Yoga teachers are creating quackery in Yoga practice. Those who do not know what heart, lungs, kidney, thyroid gland & spine etc are prescribing yoga postures to patients related to these body organs and diseases as a result in the patients it is producing more harm than benefits and reputation of Yoga gets damaged.
Dayanand Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Jalandhar governed by DAV College Managing committee, New Delhi has started one year therapeutic yoga course, where thorough knowledge of body and diseases will be given to students with minimum qualification of 10+2. Timing of the course are specially designed i.e. 6.00 am to 8.00 am (Practical) and 4 pm. to 6 pm. (theory) so that a student who is perusing graduation in any of stream can join this course as dual studies. After this course students can have placement all over the world in resorts, health centers, spas, panchkarma centers, corporate hospitals, educational institutes or can have his own therapeutic Yoga center.
Dayanand Ayurvedic College is also organising yoga & Ayurvedic consultation camp on 22nd and 23rd August, 2009. In this camp patients will be given free consultation of yoga and Ayurveda.