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Ayurveda Medical College

Samajam was the first to set up a Patanalayam, a college to the public for studies in Ayurveda with a mind to create more physicians. The Samajam pioneered the way for imparting institutional training to the common man. With a strong faculty of Ashtavaidyas, Traditional vaidyas and Allopathy Doctors Samajam set up the first ever Ayurveda Medical College under the directions of the Zamorin. In the early decades of the last century pupil learned about the principles and practices of Ayurveda at the Samajam and the best among them were accredited with a title “Ayurveda Siromani” an authentic certificate by the then council of physicians of the Samajam to practice Ayurveda. The British Government learned about these practices and got themselves convinced about its quality and merit and subsequently recognized and endorsed it. Even though this certification was transformed to Diplomas and Bachelors later, like DAM, BAMS etc. Ayurveda Siromani Certification continues in some of the universities like Madras. 

Ayurveda dates back to an estimated 5,000-10,000 years and is widely considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world. It is understood by many scholars that knowledge of Ayurveda spread out from India and influenced the ancient Chinese system of medicine, Unani medicine and the humoral medicine practiced by Hippocrates in Greece. For this reason, Ayurveda is often referred to as the "Mother of all healing." 


The knowledge of Ayurveda is believed to be of Divine origin and was communicated to the saints and sages of India who received its wisdom through deep meditation. Ayurvedic knowledge was passed down orally through the generations and then written down in the Vedas, the sacred texts of India believed to be the oldest writings in the world. 

Written in Sanskrit, the Vedas cover a vast number of subjects from grammar to health care. The Vedas were written approximately 2500 BC or earlier. Current knowledge about Ayurveda is mostly drawn from relatively later writings, primarily the Charaka Samhita (approximately 1500 BC), the Ashtanga Hridayam (approximately 500 AD), and the Sushruta Samhita (300 - 400 AD). These three classics describe the basic principles and theories from which Ayurveda has evolved. They also contain vast clinical information on the management of a multitude of diseases expanded upon by later writings and research. 

Before Ayurveda began its recent renewal in the West, it went through a period of decline in India when Western medical education became dominant during the era of British rule. Ayurveda became a second-class option used primarily by traditional spiritual practitioners and the poor. After India gained its independence in 1947, Ayurveda gained ground and new schools began to be established. Today more than five hundred Ayurvedic companies and hospitals have opened in the last ten years, and several hundred schools have been established.


Code of Conduct

Originally only Brahmins were practicing physicians. Later people from other castes became well versed in the art of healing and a term Vaidya came to be applied to the practitioners. Merely by their art and knowledge, the physicians gained high social status regardless of their caste of birth. The court physician was of political importance and sat on the right side of the throne, an important symbolic place. Though the physician, patient, the nurse and the medicine were all important in curing a disease, the physician was thought to be the most important.

The codes of conduct for physicians and medical students were laid down by the texts of Laws of Manu. The poor and downtrodden were to be treated free of charge. Others were charged according to their ability to pay.

The physician was expected to behave in an exemplary manner, conforming to the highest ideals of professional and personal life. His dress, manner and speech were expected to be beyond reproach. Medical education was arduous, consisting of many years of sacrifice learning the art of healing. Visiting the sick, collecting herbs and preparation of drugs, memorizing the Vedic texts of Ayurveda, performing procedures on dead animals, melons, and leather bottles and bladders were part of the training. These exercises helped refine both theoretical and practical training of the student. When finally the student is deemed ready to practice on his own, he is certified by the ruler.


Samajam Sampradayam

Samajam has conducted a number of teaching and training programs on a variety of topics such as the principles and practices of ayurveda, prevention and management of chronic disorders, methods and methodology for clinical research, the procedures and practices of panchakarma and related therapies etc. The programs are usually attended by physicians from India and abroad. Incidentally, the Samajam trained most of the physicians and technicians who serve the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic university around the globe. 


As the pioneering institution in Education, Samajam teaches its own methodology apart from the Traditional Ayurveda Teachings. This own methodology, or system or branch of new medicine better known as Samajam Sampradayam is the most popular in Kerala. Being the first to teach, Samajam today would have contributed thousands of Practitioners. Quite a number of institutions and individual medical practioners follow the "Samajam Sampradayam” with or without modifications while serving the ill. And, hundreds of young physicians and health service persons from India, America and Europe come every year to Samajam to learn more about its practices in “Panchakarma”.


PNNM Ayurveda College

Samajam has set up the largest Ayurveda College in Shoranur as a joint venture with His Holiness Bharathi Theertha of Sringeri Matt. 

The college is named after the respected Late Poomulli Neelakandan Namboodiri without whose efforts Samajam would not have survived the commercial warfare in contemporary Ayurveda. The college is offering all courses in Ayurveda, short term as well as long term in all departments apart from Bachelors and post Bachelors. The college is affiliated to the University of Calicut.

Managing Committee
His Holiness Jagad Guru Shankaracharya Sree Bharathi Theertha Maha Swamigal, the ruling Pontiff of Sri Srinngweri Math is the patron of Bharatheeya Sasthra Vidya Peetam and Sri Sringeri Math is supporting for establishing the PNNM Ayurveda Medical College at Shoranur and to make it the best Ayurveda College in India. The college is managed under the auspices of Sri Sringeri Math, Sringeri.



The first professional course is devoted for the preclinical study such as anatomy, physiology, Sanskrit and basic principles. The clinical study involves the application of the theories in to practice which includes hospital training.

The course offered by PNNM Ayurveda Medical College is BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) also titled as AYURVEDACHARYA. It is a degree course recognized by Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi, the authorized monitoring agency for education in Indian systems of medicine.

The course shall be imparted through theoretical and practical instruction in the pre clinical and clinical branches of Ayurveda. Sanskrit is the language in which most of the classical works of ayurveda were written. Therefore, working knowledge in Sanskrit is essential for easy understanding of ayurveda. So, as envisaged in the syllabus, there shall be instruction in Sanskrit in the first professional course followed by an examination at the end. The first half of the course is devoted for the preclinical study such as Sareera, Dravyagunavijnana etc. The clinical study involves the application of the theories in practice which includes hospital training.

Apart from prescribed curriculum of Ayurveda syllabus, this college also provides classes for ancient sciences like Vasthu, Jyothisham, Tantric etc., by well qualified and eminent scholars. Now, with efficient faculty, the PNNM Ayurveda Medical College is developing as one of the best Ayurveda Colleges in India, by the extreme effort and guidance from the management.

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