Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit is making an attempt to popularise responsible Ayurveda tourism by offering a new academic programme in the field from the new academic year onwards.

The post-graduate diploma in Kerala Responsible Ayurvedic Tourism Educational Resources (KRATER) aims to utilise the unexplored treasure of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge for the benefit of health tourism personnel. It will benefit the research and academic work of Sanskrit scholars, said K. V. Ajith Kumar, co-ordinator of the programme.

The course is being offered by the faculty of Sanskrit literature under the department of sahitya. The objective of the course is to add to the knowledge base of the existing personnel and create an employable skill amongst prospective job seekers in the health tourism sector. Dr. Kumar said that the diploma programme will also promote responsible and authentic health tourism that relies on Ayurvedic texts.

The course consists of four semesters. Evaluation of the course in each semester will be done according to the credit system.

The total credit for the programme is 64. There will be 16 courses with each course carrying 4 credits each. Both internal and external evaluation methods will be used to evaluate the performance of the candidates.

Some of the areas included in the syllabus are the Ayurvedic tradition of Kerala, Kerala Ayurveda panchakarma, bio-diversity of medicinal plants in Kerala, and foreign language and cross cultural training.

Students will also be taught local health traditions like marma chikitsa, kalari chikitsa and Siddha.

Principles and practices in tourism, Kerala Ayurveda panchakarma and hospitality management are also part of the curriculum.