Gujarat Ayurved University is first of its kind dedicated to Ayurveda Education and Research, established in 1967 under an Act in the Assembly of State of Gujarat (Gujarat Ayurved University Act, 1965). It was formed by merging the three important institutes functioning in one campus at Jamnagar and later new institutes and departments were added to the University umbrella. Research and education are integral part of teaching and learning process in the university. The university has well defined goals and objectives and the educational programs of the university are well in accordance with the same from certificate course to doctoral degree programs.
The curriculum of the university aims at producing excellent human resources in Ayurveda and allied sciences in teaching, training, treatment, research, extension, global promotion and propagation.
The university follows a systematic process in the design and development of the curriculum. The certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate and doctoral programs are designed and developed by the expert committees duly appointed by the university and approved by statutory bodies of the university; it has representation from academics, industries, government sectors, aluminee and other stakeholders within and outside the university. The curriculum for the undergraduate (BAMS) and postgraduate courses of Ayurveda, M.D./M.S. (Ayu) is followed according to the syllabus designed by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), where the faculties of the university are actively involved. The university ensures the participation of all the departments while designing the curriculum. The curriculum of various courses is a perfect blend of ayurvedic and contemporary modern sciences. The university is keen in developing a curriculum for the overall development of students and it also adds newer points in the curriculum related to the advances in the medical sciences considering the local, regional, national, and global developmental needs.
The curriculums of all the programs offered by the university are targeted to self employment and there are ample of opportunities worldwide for developing entrepreneurship, employability and pursuit higher knowledge. The students of the university are employed or self-employed entrepreneurs or pursuing specialization courses in the university, within India and abroad.
The specially designed need based curriculum for various skill development programs for both technical and non-technical streams are supported by the university, and the affiliated and constituent institutions are encouraged to take leadership in implementing the these courses.
The university offers the programs developed by regulatory body (CCIM): BAMS and M.D./M.S. (Ayu) and further university has designed and run unique courses: M.Pharm (Ayu), M.Sc. (Medicinal plants sciences), BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences), B.Pharm (Ayu), D. Pharm (Ayu), D.Nat.Yoga (Ayu), Certificate course in Yoga & Naturopathy, PGDYN (PG Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy), Introductory course of Ayurveda for foreigners, Certificate course of Panchakarma technician, Certificate course in Gruha Ayurveda, Basic and advanced certificate course in Panchakarma, Basic and advanced certificate course in Ksharasutra, Certificate course in Ayurveda Dentistry and Certificate course in Nadi Sutra (Traditional Nadi Vijyana). The new programs developed by the University under certificate and PG diploma are added on courses to meet the need of students and society.
The university follows annual examination and/or professional examination system as per the directive of regulatory body (CCIM). Students are allowed to transfer as per their choice from one affiliated college to another affiliated college at the end of academic year on availability of seats. Further, there is flexibility for student to complete the internship at different Ayurvedic colleges as per their choice.
The University is an implementing body of the curriculum and syllabus designed and directed by CCIM, New Delhi for BAMS and MD/MS (Ayu) courses. However, the University reviews the same by its Board of Studies every year for up gradation wherever needed. University designed and implemented the syllabus for exclusive courses run by the university.
The syllabus and curriculum developed by the university are regularly reviewed every year by the concerned academic bodies, importance is given to emerging and thrust areas and new programs too are designed and implemented. The students of every category have access to these value added programs.
Gujarat Ayurved University has all the professional value added programs in the field of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Plants and Yoga & Naturopathy. Certificate courses, Basic and Advance certificate courses, Diploma courses and Post-Graduation Diploma courses are available for the students, Interns, PG Scholars and PhD Scholars for the value additions in their academic career. These courses can be opted along with their regular study and other than the duty hours. Special value added courses are also offered for international scholars.
University takes curriculum feedback periodically from the students in the form of open discussion, and the justified suggestions are forwarded to the concerned Board of studies and Academic bodies for necessary considerations. University also has a special mechanism of online feedback for teaching assessment from the students.
Feedbacks from experts and peers are obtained through comments, suggestions and observations during their visits for inspection, special lectures, examinations and other academic visits. Renowned national and international personalities of Ayurveda are members of the various committees of the University. They provide expertise for enrichment of Academic programs. Inputs from affiliated colleges of the university are also taken during the Board of studies or Academic body meetings, where one subject teacher from each affiliated college is a special invitee.
University, based upon the feedbacks received from society, government agencies, subject experts and industrialists has taken necessary steps to improvise the curriculum for quality sustenance. In the recent past, the following are the major outcomes: introduction of University School of Continuing Education in Ayurved (USCE) and commencement of various short term certificate courses under it; e-learning course; up-gradation of the syllabus of all the courses; enhancement in teaching- learning strategies like conducting regular seminars, teaching through multimedia and practical approach, industrial visits and training, development of academic calendars etc.