In its great antiquity, our country had an amazing health care civilization. More than 5000 years ago, several divinely inspired unerring health care systems were established by saintly Sages in India. Most ancient and prominent among these are the Siddha and Ayurvedha systems of medicine.
These systems recognize that the human constitution is composed of tens of thousands of minute organic components; each one in an absolutely systematic coordination with its neighbours makes its own positive contribution, not only to maintain the physical health and equilibrium of the body as a whole, but also to the tuning of the mind, attitude and behaviour of the human being and for the treatment of mood disorders such as depression. In fact, many such intrinsic values and functions of these tiny assemblages are still obstinately beyond the comprehension of modern allopathy even now in the 21st century, in spite of the incredible advancements in medical science and technology. For the Siddha and Ayurvedha systems, however, the Sages have so magnanimously bequeathed to posterity perfect documentation on palm leaves, delineating fantastic insights into the cause, diagnosis and the holistic treatment of all possible human ailments. In these systems, the discernment, diagnosis and the treatment of a certain illness in the body take into consideration the human being in totality, keeping also in view his subtle biological relationship with the environment and nature as a whole…..
However, it is most unfortunate that such a fabulous treasure of indigenous medical knowledge has remained obscure, completely overshadowed by people’s ignorance on the one hand, and the incursion of western medicine, on the other. Partly responsible for this blackout also were the few physicians who practised indigenous medicine here and there were unwilling to disseminate the art; they wanted to jealously guard it for themselves, with the result the knowledge and practice drifted into obscurity along with their own names. It is only in the last century that some eminent souls, stimulated by a perception of the superb nature of traditional Indian medicine, rose to the occasion and appealed to the government of India not only for recognition but also to institute medical colleges of indigenous medicine in the country.
A few institutions were born. But I have a dream. We are on the threshold of a new era of renascence in Indian Medicine. A new wave with fresh vigour is rising; a revival of interests in the immense past is emerging to awaken the system from its long drawn out slumber. Our country will soon realize how great and unrivalled our healthcare culture was thousands of years ago. But this awakening and progress cannot be left to spontaneity. To restore the system to its original glory and to sustain its momentum, we need tens of thousands of enthusiastic young men and women with sincere dedication and commitment to its development. In the hope of being at least a part for the fulfilment of this requirement, the DHARMA MEDICAL RESEARCH AND CHARITABLE TRUST established the Dharma Ayurvedha Medical College in 1997 and the Velumailu Siddha Medical College in 200). These colleges are affiliated to the Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University, approved by the Government of Tamil Nadu and recognized by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi and by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to join us in this great challenge at the first ever pioneering private Medical College of Indian Medicine at Sri Perumbudhur. Both the Siddha and the Ayurvedha colleges, with their excellent infrastructure, richly laden digital library, state of the art laboratories and a deeply committed faculty will so edify you as to become a noble doctor of great calibre in Indian Medicine. Come and join us for a rewarding career!
Dr. V. Dharmalingam