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National Symposium on Science of Holistic Living and Its Global Application & C.M.E. on ‘Therapeutic Life Style Changes for Management of Chronic Health Problems’, Arogyadham, JBTDRC, MGIMS, Sevagram, November 16-17, 2006 

On first day, a closed door meeting of Spiritual Teachers, Chairpersons, CME Speakers, Panelists and other Distinguished Guests on the Strategy for Spiritual Globalization based on Holistic Living and related activities was held at JBTDRC Conference Hall. The programme started with the blessings of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Prof. H.R. Nagendra and Brahmarshi Subhash Patri. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, a distinguished teacher of Vedanta, discussed on the issues of globalization and resistance against it, quoting the book “Mac World versus Jehaad”. In Holistic Living we get attached to Atma which is free from all problems. Prof. Nagendra described Yoga as science of Holistic Living, a conscious based while modern science is matter based. Shri Patriji suggested nine point programme (Ayukta Aahar, Mit Aahar, Nirahar, Ayukta Bhashan, Mit Bhashan, Maun, Ayukta Yojana, Mit Yojana, Niryojana)  to develop True Intellect.

This followed by two CME parallel sessions held simultaneously in JBTDRC Hall and SN Hall with the blessings from Brahmarshi Subhash Patri and Prof. Nagendra respectively. Dr. A.K. Dutta, from Shantikunj and Dr. Varsha Sagdeo from Govt. Medical College, Nagpur, Dr. Neeta Singh from AIIMS, New Delhi and  Dr. Shantharam Shetty from Yoga Institute, Mumbai chaired the parallel sessions. Interesting talks were delivered in the CME. Prof. Vinod Kochupillai, Chief, Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi spoke on Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes for Management of Chronic Health Problems; Dr. V. Chauhan, Professor & Head, Dept. of Orthopaedics & Trustee, HIMS, Dehradun on Self Transformation Programme of Himalayan Tradition; Dr. Hari Kumar, Gen. & Laproscopic Surgeon, Care Inst. of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad on Blissful Life through Meditation & Spiritual Science; Dr. Varsha Sagdeo, Professor & Head, Dept. of Surgery, Govt. Medical College, Nagpur on Psycho-Spiritual Oncology Dr. N. P. Shanker Narayan, Consultant, VHS Leprosy Project, Shaktinagar on Science of Meditation and Herbs for Holistic Management of Chronic Health Problems;  Dr.  R. V. Nisal, Director, Nisargopchar Kendra, Urulikanchan on Hospital Based Experience. Dr. Suryakant Joshi, Senior Management Consultant, Chittapawan Ashram, Pune on The Vedic Life - Total Quality System Management; Dr. Babu Joseph, Director, National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune on Management of Chronic Health Problems through Life Style Management; Dr. Shantaram Shetty, Chief Research Co-ordinator & Secretary, International Board of Yoga, Mumbai on Yoga Based Life Style Management for Chronic Diseases; Dr. Makrand M Gore, Research Officer, Scientific Research Dept., Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla (Pune) on Significance of Lifestyle Modifications for Psychosomatic Disorders; Dr. Vedamurthachar, Yoga Therapist, NIMHANS, Bangalore, Biological effects of Sudarshana Kriya on Alcoholics and Dr. Vinay Hazarey, Dean, Govt. Dental College, Nagpur on Holistic Approach for De-addiction from Tobacco.
On second day, the Inauguration was held in the Main Auditorium.  Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra, Vice Chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (University), Sawangi was the Chief Guest and Shri Dhiru S. Mehta, President, Kasturba Health Society presided over the function. Amongst others dignitaries on the dais who graced the occasion, were Dr. M.L. Sharma, Jt. Secretary, Kasturba Health Society, Dr. P. Narang, Dean, MGIMS, Dr. S. Chhabra, MS, Kasturba Hospital, Dr. B.C. Harinath, Co-ordinator, Arogyadham & Organizing Chairman and Dr. Satish Kumar, Professor, Biochemistry & Organizing Secretary.  The programme started with the puja and garlanding of portraits of Bapuji, Ba and Dr. Sushila Nayar. Dr. P. Narang welcomed the audience giving brief introduction of the Medical Institute which was started as Gandhi Centenary project in 1969. Prof. Harinath introduced the theme of the Symposium and CME. Life Time Achievement Awards were conferred to Spiritual Masters Prof. H.R. Nagendra, VC, SVYASA Bangalore for distinguished contributions in the field of yoga research, Dr. Pranav Pandya, Chancellor, Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar for noble contribution towards Spiritual aspect of Indian culture to the world and humanity and Shri Brahmashri Subhas Patri, Founder, The Pyramid Spiritual Societies (India), Hyderabad for his outstanding contribution to achieve Health of body and Peace of mind through Meditation. Shri. Dhiru S. Mehta delivered the Presidential address followed by an interesting talk on wisdom culture of India by Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra. The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Satish Kumar.

            Life Time Achievement Award Orations were delivered by Prof. H .R. Nagendra, Dr. Pranav Pandya and Brahmarshi Subhash Patri.  Prof. Vinod Kochupillai and Dr. Suryakant Joshi chaired the orations.  A respectful title, the MAHARISHI was conferred to all the three Life Time Achievement Awardees.  This was followed by Guest lecture `Role of Yoga in Stress Management’ by Dr. A. Malathi from Wockhardt Hospital, Bangalore. 

            A Scientific Panel Discussion on Holistic Living and its global Relevance and Application was held in the afternoon session. Shri Aditya Ahluwalia, Chairman, Life Positive, New Delhi was the Moderator while Prof, H. R. Nagendra, Brahmarshi Subhash Patri, Dr. N. K. Visweswariah, VYASA, Bangalore, Dr. Prakash Keshaviah, HIMS, Dehradun, Dr. O.P. Gupta, MGIMS, Shri. Anil Bhaskar, USA, Shri Kanchi Raghuram, Tirupati, Dr. Ramesh Gautam, Nagpur were the Panelists.  Dr. Naveen Visweswaraiah, mentioned Yoga has already been introduced in schools and may be adapted for Government Officials. Prof. Harinath highlighted that the Government of Maharashtra has already made a provision for attending Vipassana Meditation course with official leave.  At valedictory function, Prof. Harinath highlighted the conception of the Symposium and its theme and thanked the Spiritual Masters, and other eminent experts for sharing the same platform and interactions. A standing Ovation was given by the house and everyone congratulated the organizers on the success of this big event. Programme ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. T. Karthickeyan.    


workshop on Medical Informatics

Ninth workshop on Medical Informatics was held at Bioinformatics Centre, JB Tropical Disease Research Centre, Mahatma Gandhi institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sevagram during December 1-2, 2006. Dr. (Mrs.) Pratibha Narang, Dean of the Institute presided over the function. Dr. S. B. Gogia, President, IAMI was the Chief Guest. Dr. B. C. Harinath, Director, JBTDRC and Coordinator, BIC & Arogyadham and Dr. M.V.R. Reddy, Head, Biochemistry welcomed the participants. Dr. Satish Kumar, Professor, Biochemistry & Officer-in-Charge, BIC, introduced the theme and the contents of the Workshop to the audience.

Medical Informatics is becoming very important in the light of growing Medical / Health Tourism

Theme related talks on ‘Medical Informatics in Healthcare and Research’; ‘Lack of Proper Information Exchange Among Various Medical Informatics Societies in India’; ‘Current State of Telemedicine in India and the Road Ahead’; ‘Evaluation of Telemedicine Systems’ and ‘In silico approaches to potential drug targets in Mycobacterium tuberculosis’; ‘PACS: Picture Archival and Communication System’ and ‘Evolution of Biomedical Informatics from Healthcare Informatics and Bioinformatics’ were delivered by the Speakers: Dr. B.C. Harinath, Dr. S. N. Sarbadhikari from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, AIMS, Kochi; Dr. S. B. Gogia, from IAMI, New Delhi; Dr. Dileep Bhale, from Hingoli and Dr. P. Gautam, from Anna University, Chennai.  Softwares for storage and retrieval of information of tuberculosis and filariasis patients prepared at this Centre was demonstrated by Mr. Pramod Deshmukh, Information Officer, BIC. The main emphasis of the proceedings of the Workshop was on Medical / Health Care Informatics & Telemedicine, an offshoot of the Space Programme providing medical care from a distance. Telemedicine helps in taking expertise in healthcare to doorsteps of the rural poor and decreases the healthcare costs and the time for decision making. A feedback on the event taken from the participants was quite impressive.



q       Mrs. Meenal Bajaj, Bajaj Group, visited the centre on 7th October, 2006.

q       Dr. G. Subramanyam, Director & Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences University, Tirupati visited JBTDRC and Arogyadham on 14th December, 2006.

q       Dr. Mythily Srinivasan, Director, Cancer Biology & Immunology Laboratory and Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, US visited JBTDRC and Department of Biochemistry on 24th December, 2006 and delivered a talk on “Design, structure and function of novel CD80 competitive antagonist peptide”.

Research Training and Project Work:

q       Ms. Umavanam from Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai visited during 11th October to 1st November, 2006, for the evaluation of recombinant ALT, ALT+TPX, ALT+TPX+TGA, TPX+TGA, ALT+TGA, antigens as a vaccine candidates in jird model on ongoing DBT funded collaboration research project.

q       Dr. Lakshmi Jyothi  PG student,Guntur Medical College,Guntur visited during 4th to 6th December, 2006  to screen the filaria patients’ sera collected from Guntur area for filarial antibody and antigen.

Participation in Meeting / Conference / Symposia:

Dr. B. C. Harinath

  • Delivered a Guest lecture on “Immunodiagnostics and vaccine studies in lymphatic filariasis” in  Pre conference CME program ‘Newer parasitic infestations in India: Current approach for diagnosis’ Microcon – 2006, at Government Medical College, Nagpur on 26th October 2006.

  • Chaired the Saran Oration awarded and delivered by Dr. (Mrs.) Mrudula A. Phadke, Vice Chancellor, MUHS, Nashik at 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune on 24th November.

  • Attended 5th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCOB-2006) and presented a poster on ‘Development of database software for storage and retrieval of information related to tuberculosis and filarial patients in tertiary hospital setting’ held at New Delhi organized by IIT, JNU and Dept. of Biotechnology, New Delhi during  December 18-20, 2006.


Dr. M.V.R.  Reddy

  • Participated in 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune during 24-26, November, 2006.

  • He was the Chairman and judge for ACBICON2006 award papers.

Dr. Satish Kumar attended 5th International Conference on  Bioinformatics (InCOB-2006) held at New Delhi  organized by IIT, JNU and Dept. of Biotechnology, New Delhi during  December 18-20, 2006.

Dr. Rachna Sabharwal Mahajan  presented paper on ‘Effect of antibiotics and herbal extracts against filarial parasite Brugia malayi in vitro: possible role of oxidative stress’ in 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune during 23-26 November, 2006.

Dr. Kanika Chowdhury presented a poster on ‘Prognostic importance of oxidative stress in diabetes mellitus’ in 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune during 23-26 November, 2006.

Dr. Kavita S. Nagrale presented a poster on ‘Lipid peroxidation and antioxidant status in pregnant women - a field based study' in 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune during 23-26 November, 2006.

Mr. V. Anandharaman presented a poster on “Comparative Evaluation of Recombinant Filarial Wb SXP-1 & Bm mf ES antigens for the detection of filarial antibodies in Lymphatic filariasis” in 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune and during 24-26, November, 2006.

Mr. Vijay Upadhyaye presented poster at International Symposium on "New Frontiers in Tuberculosis Research" organized at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi during December 4th- 06th ,2006.

Mr. Pramod Deshmukh attended 5th International Conference on  Bioinformatics (InCOB-2006) held at New Delhi  organized by IIT, JNU and Dept. of Biotechnology, New Delhi during  December 18-20, 2006.


Dr. M.V.R. Reddy has been awarded the ‘Fellowship of Association of Clinical Biochemists (FACBI)’ at ACBICON 2006 in AFMC, Pune during 23-26 November, 2006. He has been reelected as General Secretary of ACBI for the years 2007-2010.

Mr. V. Anandharaman was awarded MGIMS best poster presentation and ACBI Travel Fellowship for the year 2006 at 33rd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India held at AFMC, Pune during 24-26 November, 2006.

Research  Publications:

D.R. Pokharel, R. Rai, K. Nandakumar Kodumudi, M.V.R. Reddy & S. Rathaur. Vaccination with Setaria cervi 175 kDa collagenase induces high level of protection against Brugia malayi infection in Jirds. Vaccine, 2006 September; 24 (37-39): 6208-6215.

Y.P. Bhandari, V Anandharaman, D Gajalaxshmi, K Goswami, M.V.R. Reddy. Analysis of morphological variations in Wuchereria bancrofti microfilariae collected from different endemic zones. The Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, 2006 September, 11(2): 22-27.



Dr. T. Karthickeyan attended and presented poster titled ‘Integrated Approach of Yoga & Naturopathy for Management of Life Style Health Problems’ in ‘First International conference on Yoga, the science of Holistic Living’ held at Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Kolkatta, during 25-27 December 2006.

Meetings of Friends of Arogyadham:

            Regular meetings of friends of Arogyadham were held on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month October, November and December. Video & Audio clippings on ‘Patanjali yog suttra’ by Prof. S. N. Goenka; ‘Beyond Myth and Tradition – Change’ by J. Krishnamurti; ‘Inner Management’ by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev; and ‘Beyond Myth and Tradition – Meditation’ by J. Krishnamurti were screened.


Work of the wasteland development of about 250 acres behind Medical Institute was started on October 2nd 2002 and developed for Herbal Garden by Jain Charities through JISL. Water is brought by a 5-6 Km. pipeline from Pawnar river. Presently Aonla (22000), Ritha (50), Karanj (103), Neem (292), Ashoka (155), Custard apple (105), Banana (13000) have been planted under drip irrigation. 95% grafting of Aonla plants has been completed. Aolna plants are in good health. Both organic and chemical fertilizers are given. Aonla plants started bearing fruit. Onion bulbs are planted for seeds in 25 acres of land this year.