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Bringing Ayurveda into the Mainstream

Education • Training • Practice • Research • Products

In the Presence of the Guest of Honour
Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of AYUSH
Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai

23 November 2021 — Roermond, The Netherlands

This International Ayurveda Congress is the joint effort of the Indian Embassy, Den Haag, The Netherlands; the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, The Netherlands; and Stichting MERU—Maharishi European Research University.

The theme of this Congress is to bring Ayurveda into the mainstream in the areas of education, research, training, practice, and products. The Congress presents a platform for all leading Ayurveda organizations in Europe and leaders in various fields of Ayurveda.

The Congress was held in the beautiful city of Roermond in the South of The Netherlands. The venue was the TheaterHotel 'De Oranjerie', a four-star hotel with international conference facilities.

Programme Outline

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

10:00 - 11:15

Inauguration, Vedic recitation, lighting the light, welcome remarks


Prof. Dr Sharda Nandram, Endowed professor at VU University, Amsterdam; Chair at the faculty of religion and theology, VU University, Amsterdam

Addresses by:

H. E. Shri Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Ambassador of India to The Netherlands

H.E. Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Minister of State, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

The official announcement of the accreditation of Ayurveda Courses offered at MERU by the honourable Minister of State, Ministry of AYUSH

Presentation by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

Inaugural Congress Address by Dr med. Rainer Picha, Chairman International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation — Bringing Ayurveda into the Mainstream

11:15 - 11:30 Break – Tea, coffee, soft drinks, treats
11:30 - 12:40

Presentations by:

    11:30 - 11:45

Dr Anupam Srivastava, Director National Academy of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH – Quality initiatives for Ayurveda education and training

    11:45 - 12:00

Dr Walter Moelk, Director, Stichting MERU and Maharishi College of Perfect Health International – Ayurveda a foundation for Integrative Medicine

    12:00 - 12:10

Prof. Dr Sumit Nathani, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Ministry of AYUSH – India’s experience in mitigation of Covid 19: Ayush perspective

    12:10 - 12:20

Dr Sachin Kumar, Assistant Advisor Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH – An overview on major initiatives by Ministry of Ayush

    12:20 - 12:30

Dr Joban Modha, Associate professor, Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda — ITRA, Ministry of AYUSH, Jamnagar, Gujarat – Initiative towards Standardization in Ayush sector

    12:30 - 12:40

Claudia Wagner, Managing Director, FIT Reisen Group – Current Trends and Future in Ayurveda Tourism

12:40 - 14:00 Vegetarian lunch buffet
14:00 - 14:15 Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, Neuroscientist and Vedic Scholar, Patron of the Congress – Ayurveda – Wholeness in Health (will connect via video conference)
14:15 - 15:55 Bringing Ayurveda into the mainstream
    14:15 - 14:30

Franz Rutz, President, Swiss Ayurveda Umbrella Organization; Member and former Board member, Swiss regulatory body of alternative medicine; Former member of Cantonal Parliament, Switzerland

    14:30 - 14:40

Dr Simone Hunziker, Medical and Academic Director, Swiss Ayurvedic Medical Academy; President Indo-Swiss Ayurveda Foundation (will connect via video conference)

    14:40 - 14:55

Mark Rosenberg, President, European Professional Association of Ayurveda Practitioners and Therapists (VEAT); Managing Director, European Academy for Ayurveda, Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Board member, German Ayurveda Umbrella Organization – ADAVED

    14:55 - 15:05

Gordana Markovic, MD, PhD, Member, State Expert Committee on Complementary Medicine, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia; Director, Social and Preventive Medicine Department at the Zemun Health Center in Belgrade

    15:05 - 15:15

Dr Phil. Karin Pirc, Medical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, Bad Ems, Germany

    15:15 - 15:25

Dr Kiran Vyas, Founder and President, Tapovan Open University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Paris, and Normandy, France

    15:25 - 15:40

Prof. Dr Madan Thangavelu, PhD, Cambridge, UK, General Secretary and Research Director, European Ayurveda Association; Genome Biologist at Cambridge University; International Advisory Board Member of AYU: International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, India

    15:40 - 15:55

Shantanu Banerji, Director, Maharishi AyurVeda Europe BV, The Netherlands

15:55 - 16:45 Interactive strategy and planning session
with the Minister of State, the Indian Ambassador, and the AYUSH delegation together with invited leaders and Ayurveda organizations.
16:45 - 17:00 Tea and networking

How to get to the Congress

Address: TheaterHotel 'De Oranjerie', Kloosterwandplein 12-16, 6041 JA Roermond
Phone: +31 475 391 491

Map Roermond

By Car

The city of Roermond can be reached by car through major freeways. The car park is located next to the TheaterHotel and provides you convenient parking. For GPS navigation please use: "Achter de Oranjerie". Roermond is approximately 45 minutes from Düsseldorf, 1.30 hours from Brussels, and 2.00 hours from Amsterdam by car.

By Train

The TheaterHotel De Oranjerie is conveniently located at a three minutes walking distance from Roermond train station. Roermond is about 2.00 hours by train from Amsterdam. For the train schedules and prices, please click here.

By Airplain

Major International Airports such as Schiphol International Airport or Düsseldorf International Airport as well as Eindhoven Airport and Maastricht-Aachen Airport are all nearby. Non-stop trains from Amsterdam Airport are commuting in thirty minute intervals to Roermond. There are bus services available from Düsseldorf, Eindhoven and Brussels to Roermond.