|Year : 2023 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 65-69
Report on international conference: recent advances in Panchagavya research and innovations
Bharat Rathi, Mujahid Khan
Department of Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||20-Mar-2023|
|Date of Decision||22-Mar-2023|
|Date of Acceptance||24-Mar-2023|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Apr-2023|
Department of Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital & Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha 442001, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Rathi B, Khan M. Report on international conference: recent advances in Panchagavya research and innovations. J Indian Sys Medicine 2023;11:65-9
An international conference on “Recent Advances in Panchagavya Research and Innovations” was organized by the Department of Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital & Research Centre, Salod(H), Wardha, a constituent unit of Datta Meghe Institute of Higher Education and Research from March 11 to 12, 2023 at Datta Meghe Auditorium, JNMC Camps, DMIHER(DU), Sawangi (Meghe) Wardha, Maharashtra, India. National and international organizations such as the Department of Ayurveda Sri Lanka; Nepal Health Research Council Kathmandu; Govigyan Anusandhan Kendra Deolapar Nagpur; Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization, Wardha; Arogy Bharti, Nagpur; Ayurveda Vyaspeeth, Mumbai; Vigyan Bharti Mumbai; and Vishwa Ayurved Parshad, Bhopal were the co-partners for this conference.
Panchagavya is a combination of cow urine, milk, ghee, curd, and dung. In Sanskrit, these five products are known individually as Gavya and collectively as Panchagavya. The cow is known as Kamdhenu and Gaumata because of its nurturing nature, similar to that of a mother. In health, nutrition, agriculture, and other fields, each product has a distinct quality. Traditional Indian literature cites numerous medicinal effects of Panchagavya to treat diseases of multiple systems, ranging from lifestyle disorders to life-threatening conditions, with virtually no side effects. It can contribute to the development of a healthy population, alternative energy sources, the fulfillment of nutritional needs, the abolition of poverty, a pollution-free environment, organic farming, and so on. Panchagavya can also help Mother Nature by promoting soil fertility, earthworm production, biofertilizers, vermicompost, and biopesticides that protect crops from bacterial and fungal infections and provide safe food grains. Considering its wide therapeutic and non-therapeutic utility of Panchagavya, this conference was organized with the objectives to explore the therapeutic potential of Panchagavya, to bring about the newer innovations and advances taken place, to find out the possibilities of interdisciplinary research, and lastly to popularize wide applications and benefits of cow and its virtues among budding Ayurveda practitioners so that they can adopt Panchagavya therapy in their practice. This international conference was also aimed to bring together some of the top international academia, researchers, Panchagavya Practitioners and industry leaders in the aligned field to shed light on the best of research in Panchagavya Ayurved Chikitsa and called for some discussions in the direction and growth of research for the upcoming decades.
The conference schedule was comprised of plenary sessions by invited speakers from renowned institutes, Panchagavya products exhibition by entrepreneurs, success story sessions by the practitioners, and oral and poster presentations by UG, PG and Ph.D. scholars. It was a matter of pride that the conference witnessed global representation from Sri Lanka and Nepal. Nine national and two international speakers addressed the conference. A total of 386 delegates registered for the conference. A total of 174 papers and 24 posters were presented at the conference, which were thoroughly scrutinized by the scientific committee through the peer review process. The Average Learning Gain (ALG) of the conference was 73.36%.
Conference was an ideal platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their products of Panchagavya and other innovative concepts for the purpose of gaining exposure to the international market. Also, it helped to make avenues for understanding innovations and research in Panchagavya and provided a platform for interaction.
In the presence of galaxy of guests, inaugural function conducted at Datta Meghe Auditorium which was chaired by Dr. Vedprakash Mishra, Hon. Pro Chancellor, Chief Advisor, DMIHER who inaugurated the conference in presence of Dr. Dammika Abegunaverdena, Commissioner of Ayurveda, Govt. of Sri Lanka, Dr. Pradip Gyanwali, Member Secretary Nepal Health Research Council, Shri Sunilji Mansingka, Trustee Govigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Deolapar Nagpur, Dr. Ashutosh Murkute, Director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrilization, Dr. M. Krishnamurthy, Scientist NEERI., Dr. Anand Tembhurnikar, Treasure, Central Committee Ayurved Vyaspeeth, Dr. Prakash Itankar, Exicutive Member Vigyan Bharti, Dr. Vivek Dhongadi, Co- secretary, Arogya Bharti, Dr. Suryavanshi, Director, Regional Research Centre Nagpur, Dr. S.S. Patel, Director, Center of excellence, Dr. Gaurav Mishra, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. Shweta Kale Pisulkar, Registrar, Dr. Abhyudayji Meghe, Officers on Special Duty, Dr. Vaishali Kuchewar, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Center, Dr. Anita Wanjari, Dean-Academics, Faculty of Ayurveda, DMIHER (DU), Dr. Gaurav Sawarkar, Vice-Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Center Dr. Harshala Sharma Rajurkar, Principal, Datta Meghe Ayurved College, Nagpur were prominently present on the dias [Figure 1].
All the dignitaries were warmly welcomed by the faculties and students in the auditorium and started with the lighting of an oil lamp during the inauguration. Dr. Anita Wanjari, Organizing Chairman, and Dean of Academics welcomed all the dignitaries on the dias by presenting a flower bouquet. Guest of Honour, Dr. Dammika Abegunaverdena, Commissioner of Ayurveda, Govt. of Sri Lanka expressed his views about the theme of the conference and expressed his desire to work with DMIHER in the field of Panchagavya for a better perspective [Figure 4]. Dr. Pradip Gyanwali, [Figure 5] Member Secretary Nepal Health Research Sunilji Mansingka, trustee, Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra Deolapar, Nagpur stressed on the projects based on the Panchagavya [Figure 6]. Ashutosh Murkute, Director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrilization, focused on the skill-based education and discussed the facilities available and provided at MGIRI to produce skilled entrepreneurs [Figure 7]. Dr. Vedprakash Mishra, Hon. Pro-Chancellor, Chief Advisor, DMIHER in his presidential address, focused on the strength of Panchagavya which can contribute to the majority population of the world. He also expressed the need for evidence-based research in Panchagavya for its worldwide acceptance so as to exploit the optimal power of Panchagavya for the service of mankind [Figure 3].
Dr. Vaishali Kuchewar, Dean, MGACHRC, delivered a welcome address and spotlighted the achievements, progress, and journey of the institute. Dr. Bharat Rathi, the Organizing Secretary of the conference, explained the motive and objectives behind the theme of the conference [Figure 2]. Dr. Manish Deshmukh presented information about the website on the Ayurveda Panchagavya repository developed by MGACHRC. A vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Preeti Desai, a member of the organizing committee. On this occasion, the Book Ayur Puzzles written by Dr. Pradnya Dandekar, Dr. Sumant Pande, and Dr. Dnyanesh Joshi, was released at the hands of guests [Figure 8].
At this conference, eminent speakers from renowned research institutes shared their latest research and innovations in Panchagavya in various sessions. Dr. Vinodkumar Scientist, IIM, CSIR, Jammu, expressed his views on the theme Integrated Biorefinery Concepts and Emerging Medicinal uses in Cheese whey processing [Figure 9]. Dr. Ompraksh Singh from Banaras talked about the clinical aspects of Panchagavya [Figure 10]. Dr. Ramswaup Chauhan, Professor of veterinary pathology, GB Pant University of Agri & Tech, Pantnagar explained various aspects of Panchagavya products and threw a light on its non-therapeutic utility [Figure 11]. Dr. Sadandand Sontakke, Scientist NEERI shared an antioxidant and anti-genotoxic activity of cow Uurine [Figure 12]. Dr. Nandini Bhojraj, Research officer, Govigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Deolapar Nagpur expressed her expertise of Panchagavya in oncology. Dr. Jaikishor Chhangani Scientist, Bio Processing and Herbal Division MGIRI Wardha, expressed the need for the development, standardization, and efficacy of Panchagavya-based polyherbal products. In the success story session, Ayurveda practitioners shared their success stories treated by Panchagavya. Dr. Renu Rathi, Dr. Sheetal Asutakar, Dr. Prasad Deshpande, Dr. Ashish Thatere, Dr. Sumita Jain, Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Dr. Amit Nakanekar Dr. Punam Sawarkar, and Dr. Shweta Parve shared their cases treated with Panchagavya. At the outset, three MoUs were done by DMIHER with Nepal Health Research Council, Govt. of Sri Lanka, and FRLHT Bengaluru to strengthen the research activities [Figure 13].
The last part of the webinar was the valedictory function, which was conducted by Dr. Reena Jaiswal, Professor, Department of Shalya, MGACHRC. Dr. Bharat Rathi, Organizing Secretary presented a summary of the conference. Dr. Abhyudayji Meghe OSD, DMIHER presided over the function. Best paper and best poster certificates were awarded to the winners at the hands of guests. Feedback was taken from the participants, which was satisfactory. A vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Mujahid Khan, Co-organizing secretary [Figure 14]. Finally, the conference was concluded with the national anthem.
In nutshell, a thorough discussion is done on the Panchagavya which benefited the budding researchers, faculties, PGs, and Ph.D. scholars who attended the conference. Dr. Makrand Sonare, assistant professor, Dr. Akshay Pargaonkar, Dr. Amol Deshpande, Dr. Bhushan Mhaisakar, Dr. Sumant Pande, Dr. Preeti Borkar, Dr. Bhagyashri Jibkate, all the PG students of Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana, and all the faculty members of MGACHRC worked hard for the successful organization of the international conference.
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From the discussions and deliberations held during the conference, the following points were emerged as recommendations in the international conference “Recent Advances in Panchagavya Research and Innovations”:
- There is a strong need for the scientific validation of Panchagavya and to generate evidence.
- There is a need to design and conduct clinical trials on Panchagavya which are scientifically valid and ethically sound with an interdisciplinary approach.
- Identify the hotpots of Panchagavya with respect to its therapeutic and non-therapeutic aspects.
- Initiate and promote research for enhancement of quality and standardization of Panchagavya formulations and to boost the confidence among budding Ayurveda practitioners and academicians
- Training and workshop to be conducted on Panchagavya-based products to make the best entrepreneurs
- To project DMIHER (DU) and Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra Nagpur as a role model for conducting interdisciplinary research in Panchagavya.
- National and international organizations come forward to collaborate and sign MoUs.
The authors are thankful to the management of DMIHER (DU), Dean MGACHRC, all Committee members, all faculties, and PG students for their support and help in the successful organization of the International conference.
Financial Support and Sponsorship
The conference was supported by DMIHER (DU).
Conflicts of Interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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