VP Jagdeep Dhankhar to open Global Ayurveda Fest in Thiruvananthapuram

The fifth Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2023) will be inaugurated by Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar at the Greenfield International Stadium, Kariavattom. The festival, themed on 'Emerging challenges in healthcare and a resurgent Ayurveda', aims to revitalize efforts to harness Ayurveda's potential in addressing challenges in the health sector. This was announced by Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan during a press conference.

The Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) is organizing GAF 2023 with the support of the Ministry of Ayush, the Government of India, the Department of Ayush, Government of Kerala, and various Ayurveda associations. The event is expected to host delegations from 70 countries and will bring together Ayurveda practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders. One of the event's main highlights is the International Ayurveda Seminar, which will feature keynote sessions, plenary lectures, and invited talks.

An international cooperation conclave, which will be inaugurated by Sisira Jayakody, Minister of State for Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka, is planned as a global gathering of leading Ayurvedic practitioners from 70 countries. Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate a 'National Arogya Fair' on the opening day. The fair will showcase a diverse range of medicinal plants and their utilization in Ayurvedic preparations. Stalls and pavilions of major Ayush institutions and Ayurveda colleges will be the big attraction at the fair, according to the organizers.

The President of Mauritius, Prithvirajsing Roopun, will be the chief guest at a business-to-business (B2B) meeting focused on Ayurveda-based medical tourism and products. The event will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Narayan Rane. Some of the highlights of this five-day event include seminars on Vrikshayurveda and Mrigayurveda, a free medical camp with 25 specialty clinics, an 'Ayurveda Aahar' food court, and a Medicinal Plant Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) meet. The Governor, Arif Mohammed Khan, will inaugurate the valedictory session.