( A ) Location and address :

Directorate of Ayurveda, Medical Education
M.G.Road ,
Near Ayurveda College ,
Thiruvananthapuram ,
Pin : 695 001.

( B ) Designation of the Head of the Department :


( C ) Name of the present Director :

Dr.M.R.Vasudevan Nampoothiri, M.D.(Ay),

( D ) Function of the Department :

Management and administration of Ayurveda Medical Education in Kerala through Ayurveda colleges functioning under it.

( E ) Details of Ayurveda colleges functioning under Directorate of Ayurveda Medical Education and Name of the Principal

Name of College  

( 1 ) Govt.Ayurveda College
Name of Principal : Dr.M.Surendran Nair
Phone: (0471) 2460190, 2473656

( 2 ) Govt.Ayurveda College
Name of Principal : Dr.C.Retnkaran
Phone: (0484) 2777374

( 3 ) Govt.Ayurveda College
Name of Principal : Dr.C.R.Sasidharan Pillai
Phone: (0497) 2800167

( 4 ) Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College
Ollur (Private Aided)
Name of Principal : Dr.Muraleedharan Pillai
Phone: (0487) 2352503

( 5 ) V.P.S.V Ayurveda College
Kottackal  (Private Aided)
Name of Principal : Dr.A.P.Haridasan
Phone: (0493) 2742274

( 6 ) Nangelil Ayurveda College
Kothamangalam (Private Self   financing College) 
Name of Principal : Dr.C.R.Agnives
Phone: (0485) 2822032

( 7 ) Pankajakasthuri Ayurveda College
Kattakada  (Private Self financing College) 
Name of Principal : Dr.P.Sankaran Kutty

( 8 ) Parassenikadavu Ayurveda College
Kannur  (Private Self financing College) 
Name of Principal : Dr.P.R.Ravindranatha Nair
Phone: (0497) 2780250, 2781453

( 9 ) Vishnu Ayurveda College Shornur
(Private Self financing College)  
Name of Principal : Dr.P.Ramachandran Nair
Phone: (0492) 2740555

( 10 ) Santhighi Ayurveda College
Olasseri, Palghat (Private Self financing College)  
Name of Principal : Dr.V.P.Sreedharan
Phone: (0491) 2571313, 2570574

( 11 ) Santhighi Siddha Medical College,
Kollakkode (Private Self Financing College)  
Name of Principal : Dr.V.Arunachalam
Phone : (0471) 2410316

( F ) Courses offered, Method of admission and intake capacity of students etc.

Name of the course:

( 1 ) Ayurvedacharya (BAMS)  

Undergraduate course in Ayurveda

Duration of Course : 4 ½ years and 1 year compulsory internship

Qualification for admission : Pre Degree with second group---Admission through common entrance examination conducted by Controller of Entrance examinations , Govt.of Kerala.

( 2 ) Ayurvedavachaspathi M.D.(Ay)  

Postgraduate degree course in Ayurveda

Duration of Course : 3 years

Qualification for admission : BAMS , Admission through common entrance examination conducted by Controller of Entrance examinations.

Short term courses:

  • Certificate course in Masseur training (One year)
  • Certificate course in Nurses training (One year)
  • Certificate course in Pharmacy training (One year)

Qualification for admission

Pass in SSLC : Admission based on the marks obtained for SSLC examination.

( G ) Intake capacity of students for BAMS course

Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram 70
Government Ayurveda College, Trippunithura 30
Government Ayurveda College, Kannur 40
Ayurveda College, Kottakkal 50
Ayurveda College, Ollur  40
Nangelil Ayurveda College 50
Santhigiri Sidha Medical College, Kollyacode 50
Parrassinikadavu Ayurveda Medical College  50
Pankaja Kasthuri Ayurveda College 50
Vishnu Ayurveda College, Shornur 50
Santhigiri Ayurveda College, Palghat 50

Seats are reserved for Non Resident Indians and 21 seats are reserved for Foreign students in various Government Ayurveda College for BAMS course.

Seats for NRI and Foreign students for BAMS courses are available in self financing private Ayurveda College also.

( * ) Intake capacity of students for MD (Ay) Courses

a) Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram 

Name of Speciality No: of seats available
Kayachikitsa  6
Dravyaguna 6
Rasasaastra   3
Bhaishajyakalapana  3
Swasthavritha 6
Siddhanta, Samskritha and Samhitha 6
Prassothithantra      3
Salya 3
Salakya    3

b) Government Ayurveda College, Kannur

Name of Speciality No: of seats available
Roganidan  5
Kriya Sharir 5

c) V.P.S.V Ayurveda College, Kottackal

Name of Speciality No: of seats available
Manasika Roga 6
Agadathantra    4

Seats are reserved for the students from outside the state of Kerala in the subject Roganidan, Kriya Sharir, Manasika Roga and Agadathantra specialties.

( H ) General

All the Colleges follow Uniform department system, syllabus and curriculum prescribed by Central council of Indian Medicine – an autonomous body under Government of India.

The below mentioned departments are functioning in all Ayurveda Colleges.

1 Kayachikitsa
2 Dravyaguna
3 Rasasastra and Bhatshajyakalapana
4 Swasthavritha
5 Siddhanta, Samskritha and Samhitha
6 Prassothithantra and streeog chikitsa
7 Salya thantra
8 Salakya thantra
9 Kaumarabrithya
10 Agadathantra
11 Kriya Sharir
12 Rachana Sharir
13 Roganidan
14 Physical Education Department

( I ) Subordinate departments functioning under various Ayurveda Colleges.

1. Ayurveda College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram:-

This is the biggest Ayurveda Hospital in India. The sanctioned strength of the hospital is 380 beds including pay wards. These beds are allotted to various departments.

Medicines and food are free for poor patients. Costly treatments like Pancha Karma etc are also offered free of cost for the poor.

2. Government Ayurveda College Hospital for Women & Children Thiruvananthapuram.

This is only Ayurveda Hospital exclusively for Women & Children. Department of Prassothithantra & Streeroga and Kaumarabhrithyatha functioning in this institute. An allopathic wing with 4 Allopathic doctors and a Family planning unit also functioning in this institution. The total number of bed strength of this hospital is 106.

3. Ayurveda College, Pharmacy at Thiruvananthapuram and Thrippunthura:-

A well-maintained and well-equipped pharmacy is working under the head of the department of Rasasastra & Bhaishajyakalpana. Kazhaya, taila, ghritha, Choorna, Arishta and Asava Gulika Vatika, Bhasma etc are being prepared exclusively for the Hospitals attached to Ayurveda College.

Drug testing laboratory is functioning under the Pharmacy for the evaluation of the medicines prepared from the Pharmacy, single drug testing and dietary articles from Hospitals attached to Ayurveda College hospital, Thiruvananthapuram.

4. Ayurveda College Hospital, Thrippunithara.

A 137 bedded hospital is functioning under Govt.Ayurveda College Thrippunithura. The construction of a 350 bedded hospital is nearing completion in this college.

5. Ayurveda College Hospital Kannur.

A 100-bedded hospital is functioning under Government Ayurveda College Kannur. This hospital occupies prime position in the whole Malabar area. Apart from this construction of a 150-bedded hospital is nearing completion.

6. Library:-

A big collection of Ayurveda & modern books including Scientific Journals, Periodicals and Manuscripts are available in each Libraries.

7. General: -

Anatomy hall, Physiology lab, Clinical Laboratory, X-ray, ECG, Physiotherapy Surgical theatre, Panchakarma theatre, etc are functioning fruitfully for the educational purpose of the students and also helping the patients for their treatment in all Govt. Ayurveda Colleges.

Apartment from the above mentioned institutions the below mentionedinstitution are exclusive to Government Ayurveda College Thiruvananthapuram.

a) Pancha Karma Hospital Complex:

Panchakarma Hospital functioning under Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram is world famous and it offers the specialty treatment of Panchakarma. Swasthavritha department and Agadathantra departments are also working under this hospital complex. The total Number of bed strength of this Hospital is 42.

b) Ayurveda Research Institute: -

The Ayurveda Research Institute comprises of following units.

i) Pharmacognocy Unit

A well maintained Medicinal plant garden, Model Demonstration garden and a Medicinal plant Nursery are the highlights in this institute. Near about 800 species of plants including rare and endanger of varieties are available here. The object of this institution is to Project, Cultivate and Preserve rare and endangered species of medicinal plants. Research works related to the object is also being carried out here.

ii) Drug Standardisation Unit

Drug Standardization unit also attached to the Pharmacognocy unit also functioning here. The object of this institution is to standardize the Ayurveda Medicines and prescribe uniform standard for all Ayurveda drugs. Research works related to finding the active ingredients of Ayurveda Medicines and drugs are being done here.

iii) Open Snake Park and Serpentarium

There is an open snake park and serpentarium is functioning in Panchakarma Hospital Complex. Highly poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and reptiles are kept here. Publics are allowed to witness the extraction of venom from the poisonous snakes. Lecture class on first aid techniques on snakebites are also given to the public during the demonstration time. Museum having charts and stuffed bodies of various poisonous animals is also attached to this serpentarium. An animal house is also functioning here which produces animals like Guinea pigs, white rabbits, albino rats and other rodent for research purpose.

iv ) Publication Division 

Publication division functioning under Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram is only one of its kind in Kerala where Ayurveda books alone are published for students and General public. The books published here are of great demand. Collection and preservation of Manuscript and Thaliyolas (Scripts on Palm leaf) are also being done here.




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