TNN, Aug 21, 2010, 10.55pm IST
VARANASI: The faculty of ayurveda, Institute of Medical Science (IMS), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), will soon develop a garden of medicinal plants and rare herbs.
The BHU’s Rajiv Gandhi South Campus (RGSC), Barkachha (Mirzapur), around 75-km away from the varsity, has been chosen for developing the ayurvedic garden. The fencing work has already started at the campus.
The ayurvedic garden is being developed on 100 acres of land at RGSC, with an objective to cultivate indigenous ayurvedic medicinal plants at BHU, said T M Mohapatra, director, IMS, BHU.
The Medicinal Plant Board (NPB), New Delhi, is helping in the endeavour and efforts have also been initiated to revive Rs 227 crore proposal for making the ayurveda faculty a centre of excellence in the university, he added.
It may be mentioned here that a sum of Rs 1.05 crore has been already sanctioned for establishing the ayurvedic garden at RGSC. The NPB is helping the faculty in collection of indigenous medicinal plants and rare herbs that would be grown in the garden on a large scale.
As per V K Joshi, dean, faculty of ayurveda, BHU, the specialty of the garden lies not only in its size, but in the fact that the focus would be on cultivating naturally occurring medicinal plants and herbs that can survive in local climatic conditions.
Saying that the faculty has been striving in the last four years for collecting seeds of indigenous medicinal plants and rare herbs, Joshi emphasised that around 30-quintal seeds of 30 different medicinal plants and herbs including haritaki, vibhitava, chitrak, satavari and vacha have been collected for the garden. The nursery of these seeds is ready for the field transfer at RGSC, he added.
It is also worth mentioning that no other university or ayurveda faculty in the country presently has such a massive ayurvedic garden. The other big ayurvedic gardens are presently being run by state cooperatives involving local farmers in southern states like Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.