Ayurveda medical system holds vast career opportunities
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world. This system not only provides treatment but also eliminates the possibility of recurrence of diseases. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of disorders in the human body: phlegm, bile and wind. These disorders are commonly referred to as ailments in Ayurvedic terminology. The Ayurvedic system of medical care is based on the idea that it can enhance the body’s ability to heal naturally. Ayurvedic treatments include reduction of symptoms, removal of impurities and meditation.
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery Course
The Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery course is a graduate degree course. The duration is five years and six months, with a four-year course and a one-and-a-half year internship. Theory and practical go hand in hand in this course. This is an undergraduate course which can be divided into three equal parts.
Each session lasts for one and a half years, we can call these sessions as professional courses. In the first course the student is introduced to the anatomy, physiology and history of the Ayurvedic system. The second course introduces students to Toxicology and Pharmacology. In the third and final course, students are introduced to surgery, ENT, dermatology and gynecology.
Eligibility and Admission
To get admission in BAMS, the student should have passed Class XII in Science stream. Candidate must have Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Class XII. The candidate has to pass a national level entrance test (such as the National Eligibility Entrance Test). They can also apply for national level exams like
Kerala Engineering, Agricultural and Medical
Goa Common Entrance Test
Indian University Common Entrance Test
Inderprastha University Common Entrance Test
Students are selected on the basis of merit. The list is prepared after adding the marks obtained by the students in Class XII and the marks obtained in the entrance test to determine the merit.
The scope of Ayurveda is growing day by day not only in India but all over the world. People have chosen Ayurveda instead of Allopathy for many serious ailments. After completing the BAMS course, there are more career opportunities not only in India but also abroad.
There are also a lot of job opportunities in the public sector. One can get a job as an Ayurvedic Pharmacist in a Government Ayurveda Hospital. After this course the degree holder can also open an Ayurvedic medicine shop. BAMS graduates can also work in the field of teaching.
Some universities offer a stipend of Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month to Ayurvedic students during the course. After the course, an Ayurvedic graduate student can get a salary of Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month. Earnings in a private clinic can be as high as Rs 50,000. Job profile after completing the BAMS program:
Business Development Officer
Junior Clinical Trial Coordinator
There are many institutions for Ayurvedic graduate students in which they can work. These usually include Health Care Centers, Nursing Homes, Life Science Industry, Spa Resorts, Public and Private Hospitals, Colleges, Research Institutes etc.
(The author is a Retired Principal based at Malout Punjab)