Department of Botany, University of Jammu in collaboration with Govt. Ayurvedic College, Jammu and Shaheed- E- Azam Bhagat Singh Foundation organized an ‘Immunity Booster Health Campin the University Botanical Garden for the stakeholders of the University. The camp was inaugurated by the chief guest, Prof. Manoj K Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dhar underscored the historical background of the Indian System of Medicine including Ayurveda and its relevance to human health and well-being since antiquity. “Ayurvedic traditions and herbal medicines, in fact,are a practical aspect of Botanical Wealth and have capacity to fight the most complex human ailments including Coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) presently confronting human population all across the globe”. said Prof Dhar, who himself is an ace botanist and a renowned plant biotechnologist.Since, at present there is no vaccine against this deadly virus, sanitation and hygiene precautions along with immunity boosters ayurvedic herbal products should go hand in hand, he informed the participants of the camp. Prof Dhar also advised the students, scholars and the faculty to disseminate the immunity strengthening role of herbal medicines in the modern times amongst the families and general masses. Besides lauding the role of the Department of Botany in taking lead in the timely organization of the camp during the challenging times, He also conveyed his gratitude to Dr. Aditi, Medical Superintendent,Govt Ayurvedic College, Jammu, Dr. Taran Singh, an Ayurveda expert and social reformer and the team of doctors including Dr. Amandeep Kour, Dr. Sandeep and staff of the college for organizing the camp and providing the ayurvedic immunity booster formulations to the participants free of cost.

During the camp, Dr. Taran, Dr. Amandeep Kour and Dr. Sandeep explained the ingredients and the immunity boosting benefits of ‘Amritarishta’, ‘Ashwagandharishta’ ‘TrikatuChurna’ ‘Agastya Haritiki’  ‘Tulsichurna’ etc. to the audience.

Earlier, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany extended a warm welcome to the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for inaugurating the health camp and health officials from the Govt. Ayurvedic College, Jammu for personally supervising the proceedings of the camp and arranging Immunity boosting ayurvedic medicine kits for all the participants of the camp.

Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Former Head, Department of Botany proposed a formal vote of thanks to the Chief guest, Prof Dhar, Dr. Aditi and her team of the ayurvedic doctors, and Dr. Taran Singh for their wholehearted support and hoped that more such health camps and awareness programs shall be regularly organized in the Department of Botany to reap the benefits of the existing healthcare facilities and understanding the role of medicinal plants in the health care system especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Others who were present on the occasion include Prof Vinay Chauhan, OSD (NEP), Prof Veenu Kaul, Dr. Sikander Pal, Dr. Geeta, Dr. Harish, members of the non-teaching staff, Research scholars and students of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu.