Indian Board of Alternative Medicine Organizes its 21st International Conference & Convocation Ceremony Celebrating the United Nations 1st International Day of Happiness

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Indian Board of Alternative Medicine organized its 21st International Conference, Convocation and Awards Presentation Ceremony on 20th March, 2013 celebrating the United Nations 1st International Day of Happiness in Kolkata, India. The event was participated by students, researchers, doctors and professors from around the country and different corners of the world including USA, Germany, South Africa, Romania, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Malaysia, South Korea, Oman, Philippines, Iran, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Celebrating the United Nations 1st International Day of Happiness, the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines organized its 21st International Conference, Convocation and Awards Presentation Ceremony on 20th March, 2013 at Hotel Golden Parkk, Kolkata, India.

Established in 1991, the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (IBAM), based in Kolkata is India’s oldest and foremost institution of complementary and alternative medicines. IBAM is Registered by the Government of West Bengal under Act XXVI based on the Central Government Act XXI of 1860. Students of the Board are eligible to register as Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) under the Board and practice and profess the various systems of Alternative Medicines as per the Rules and Regulations of the Board anywhere in India.

The Board also offers possesses international recognition with its courses being recognized by Bodies of Alternative and Natural Medicine in U.S.A., U.K. (Europe), Australia and New Zealand. The Board diplomas and certificates also qualify for attestation by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, useful for its international students besides its other international recognitions.

UNESCO’s office headquartered in France sent the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines a Support Message for its Conference and Convocation Ceremony dated 16th March, 2013 for organizing an event of this scale based on Health and Happiness and propagating the United Nation’s noble cause by organizing its 21st International Conference on the 20th March. Undoubtedly, in this increasingly complex world, the importance of Health and Happiness is being treated in a holistic manner to encourage one to remain healthy and happy, and to encourage an attitude of self-help and self-development. People have started relying on Alternative Medicines because of its cost-effectiveness, negligible to no side-effects and easy to procure methods of medicinal treatment.

It was a matter of great pride and honour for the Board to announce that on the magnificent occasion of the United Nations 1st International Day of Happiness, the Board’s President, Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal was being awarded with four prestigious titles from around the world. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal was bestowed upon with the highly coveted and world renowned Gemeinde Sennfeld Award from Burgomaster (Mayor) of Sennfeld, Germany, the prestigious Light Institute Peace and Unity Award by The Light Institute, U.S.A., the Great Master Award by Institute of Traditional Medicines, Malaysia and the Luminar Award for Global Health, Harmony and Happiness by Luminar International Centre for Health, Nigeria for his noble and outstanding contributions to the field of Alternative Medicines and in recognition of his long and exemplary dedication to the cause of promoting Health, Harmony and Happiness world-wide. The preeminent pioneer of the holistic medical movement in India, the name being synonymous to alternative medicines world-wide, Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal has long contributed to ideas in holistic medicine through all mediums of expression and is characterized by a strong personal direction and commitment.

The 21st International Conference of the Board was Chaired by Justice Mr. Samir Kumar Mookherjee, Former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Several International Guests like Mahatma Madam Chris Griscom, U.S.A., Mr. Klemens Vogel, Judge, Germany, Prof. Dr. A. J. Grobler, South Africa, Prof. Dr. Samerin Mugeni, Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Dongsub Kim, South Korea, Dr. Faris Alhajri, Oman, Dr. Mohamed Said Ali Mansour, Egypt, Dr. Bishop Dennis I. C. Josephson, Nigeria, Dr. Mohamed Azard Sharaf Uduman, Sri Lanka were most prominent.

Dr. Giridhar Gamang, Former Union Minister and Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Prabodh Chandra Sinha, M.L.A., Mr. Sanjay Nirupam, M.P., Maharashtra, Padmashree Dr. Vijay Kumar Shah and Dr. Sohan Raj Tater, Former, Vice-Chancellor, Singhania University, Rajasthan, were the eminent Guests who shared the Dias in the Inaugural Session.

Welcome Speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, President, Indian Board of Alternative Medicines.

Convocation and Awards Presentation to the students of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines constituted the rest of the programme. Speeches were given by Guests from USA, Germany, South Africa, South Korea, Egypt, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka along with their Indian counterparts.

The event was housed by more than 800 participants and dignitaries from all over the country and world-wide.

True to its motto, "Indigenous Roots, Global Pursuits", the Board has brought alternative medicines to the attention of the masses and trained thousands of students in India and abroad through its various distance learning and correspondence courses in alternative medicines including acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biochemical medicine, counselling, electro homeopathy, herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, naturopathy, nutrition, psychotherapy, reiki, yoga among many others.

The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines has today expanded to over 110,000 students enrolled into its distance education programmes from around the world and different corners of India. The Board now offers more than 15 Diploma courses, 15 under-graduation Bachelor programmes and 10 Postgraduate and Doctorate courses under the distance learning platform with its Bachelor of Alternative Medical System, B.A.M.S.(A.M.), Master’s in Psychotherapy and Counselling (M.P.C.), Doctor of Naturopathy / Natural Medicine (N.D./N.M.D.) and the Doctor of Medicine in Alternative Medicines, M.D.(A.M.) being the more popular course picks amongst students.

The 21st International Conference, Convocation and Awards Presentation of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines was truly a grand one with a very good mix of insights provided on Complementary and Alternative Medicines by the doctors, professors, researchers and students from around the world and plays a pivotal role in India's growth in Holistic Medicine. The event makes a historical mark for the country in Alternative Medicines and the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines has played a pioneering role in the growth and development of the system in India and world-wide.

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