Located in the shadows of Dhauladhar Hills, blessed by Baba Baijnath (Lord Shiva) and situated at the bank of Binwa khud, Paprola is proud of its Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Post Graduate Ayurvedic College.The college came into existence in the year 1972 by the name of Him Ayurvedic College as a private institution under the supervision of Vaid Hakim Parishad of Himachal Pradesh by the efforts of Vaid Jagan Nath Sharma. At that time it was affiliated with Punjab faculty Chandigarh. Later in the year 1978 on 3rd March it was undertaken by H.P. Government and was affiliated with Himachal Pradesh University in 1979.
Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College Paprola is the only college of its type in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on National Highway No. 20. The nearest Railway station is Baijnath Paprola (Northern Railway). The nearest airport is Gaggal in Distt. Kangra, 50 Kms away from the college. The world famous Lord Shiva temple of Baijnath is at a distance of 2 Kms from the college. The entire campus is surrounded by hills which are rich in herbal flora. Bir Beiling ( World No. 2 paragliding site), Sardar Shobha Singh Art Gallery, Bhattu Tibetans Monastery, Dalai Lama palace at Dharamshala, the monolithic rock temple of Masroor, Pong lake etc. are few of the beautiful tourist places located in the radius of about 50 Kms of the college.
The college is recognized by National Council for Indian system of Medicine, a regulatory body of Ayurvedic education for government of India. It is running the undergraduate course of BAMS with the permission of admitting 75 students per year and postgraduate MD/MS courses in all the 14 departments with an annual admission capacity of 56 students. The college has an experienced and dedicated faculty of about 60 teachers who also work as consultants in the hospital to provide high quality of patient care. The college faculty also assists in teaching the pharmacy students at Jogindernagar. College is having its own Ayurvedic pharmacy by the name of “Charka Ayurvedic Pharmacy”. The college has been declared as a model college by the Department of AYUSH of Government of India. The Department of AYUSH has sanctioned the prestigious “Regional centre of excellence in Geriatric heath care” and provided a financial assistance of Rs. 5 crores. It has been recognized as a center for conducting CME’s for Ayurvedic Medical Officers & ROTP’s for teachers of various departments of Ayurveda by the Department of AYUSH, Government of India, and has been provided with funds to conduct the same. The college is also working as a nodal center for induction level hands on professional training of Ayurvedic Medical Officers under NRHM programme of the government. The college fully participates in implementing the national health programmes like AIDS awareness, National Tuberculosis eradication programme, Pulse polio programme and so on and other like NSS etc. Recentl this college is playing a pivotal role in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
The college has acquired about 36 kanals of land adjoining the college for the expansion of its campus and “Regional center of excellence in Geriatric heath care” has been constructed there. It has its own Tube well in the campus with self-sufficiency in providing the water supplies.
College has well established laboratories, library, and computer lab with internet facilities, Auditorium and museum along with two seminar halls. It has also established a cell of Pharmacovigilance with the assistance of Government of India. The college has its own accommodation in the form of Type-IV to Type – I (6 in each category) besides two warden’s residences and an improvised guest house. The cleaning and sanitation work of the college is out sourced to “Sulabh International”.
The state regulations like making campus free from polythene, smoking, drugs and alcohol, ragging and eve teasing are being strictly enforced by the college.
HIMACHAL PRADESH (BRIEF REVIEW)
Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous state of union of India situated in the north of country. It covers an area of 55673 sq. Kms. It is situated at 30 degree North latitude, crosses 78 degree East longitude.
The topography of the state extends from 1000 ft. above mean sea level to above 22000 ft. mean sea level. The snow covered higher Himalaya’s border the north of the state. The state is famous for its apples and citrus fruit crops, lush green forests, snow covered peaks and extensive valleys. The state has world famous tourist resorts of Kullu, Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala etc.
The headquarter of Tibetan Government in exile and the Tibetan spiritual head, Dalai Lama, the Nobel peace prize winner is at Macleodganj near Dharamshala in Distt. Kangra.
INDIAN SYSTEM OF MEDICINE (AYURVEDA)
Ayurveda, the ancient system of Medicine has its roots in Veda and dates back to 5000 BC. The word Ayurveda literally means the knowledge of life. The practice of Ayurveda is basically the practice of art of living with nature and cure through nature. It has incorporated in it the fundamental theories of Pancha Mahabhuta i.e. Prithvi (Earth), Jala (Water), Vayu (Air), Teja (Fire), Akasha (Ether) and Tridosha i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Ayurveda consider health as complete harmony of body, mind and soul. Practices of healthy eating habit, sound mind and behaviour are important in maintaining this equilibrium. In Ayurveda, before treatment, the body constitution and Dosha status of the patients are considered. This entire practice is for maintaining optimum state of health, promotion of health and prevention and cure of the diseases. To achieve these objectives Ayurvedic System of Medicines has been divided into eight specialties, i.e. Astanga Ayurveda.
The college in reference is presently engaged in the propagation of these specialities through its programmes of Teaching, Treatment and Research in Ayurveda.
OBJECTIVES OF R.G.G.P.G.A.C. PAPROLA
The college apart from serving as premier institute of training of Ayurvedic undergraduates and post-graduate students is also engaged in promotion and propagation of Ayurvedic system of Medicine. The aims and objectives of this college are listed below.
To promote the growth and development of Ayurveda.
To produce graduates who could efficiently serve in state Ayurvedic health services and also as Ayurvedic practitioners by providing relief to the patients by Ayurvedic therapeutic measures
To conduct postgraduate training and research with the aim of producing specialists in various fields of Ayurveda and also to add to the research in Ayurveda on scientific parameters.
To run a college hospital, to provide health care to patients by specialists of various fields of Ayurveda.
To co-ordinate with the other states and national health services for providing complete health care to the suffering people of state.
To conduct re-orientation training programmes for Ayurvedic teachers and physicians as a part of continuous medical education and to provide the latest advances in the field of Ayurveda and modern sciences.
To disseminate information of Ayurvedic education and research through periodicals, research papers, books, seminars, symposia, workshops, camps etc. and to undertake other ancillary works for furtherance of the objectives of this institute.
FUNCTIONS OF R.G.G.P.G.A.C. PAPROLA
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in ayurvedic and related physical biological sciences.
Ayurvedic Nursing & pharmacy education
Innovations in education.
Producing ayurvedic teachers for the country.
Research in ayurvedic and related sciences.
Health care: preventive, promotive and curative; primary, secondary & tertiary.
Community based teaching and research