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    Research and Scholarship :: School of Indic Studies ::

    International Consortium of Ayurvedic Science & Technology (I-COAST):

    I-COAST Description - Introduction -
    The Institute of Advanced Sciences is launching an initiative to establish a Consortium of academics, scholars, practitioners, technologists, linguists, artists, businesses, medical doctors, and teachers to address the fundamental knowledge in science and technology related to health and the environment through research and education for the public good.
    The Institute will work with several institutions in US, India, Europe, and in fact the whole world to advance the goals of the Consortium. The Consortium will connect to local and folk traditions of the entire world – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
    One basic strategy being employed for advancing fundamental sciences is to focus on the Ayurveda system of health. Because it is an applied science and of practical value, Ayurveda can play a significant role in society through its impact on public health. At the same time, since Ayurveda is based on a sophisticated philosophical and scientific approach to this world, it lends itself to fundamental research that can validate its ancient principles using modern scientific tools and ideas. Lastly, Ayurveda being a holistic lifestyle system, has relevance for environment, business, and public policy and education. This triangular perspective on Ayurveda establishes a firm foundation for a comprehensive examination of most of the modern scientific, technological, social, business/economic, environmental, and educational issues facing the global society.
    Projects and Researchers -
    The Consortium will have three layers of involvement. Currently, the following projects are under consideration.
    1. Core Projects The central themes of the Consortium, tentatively including:
      1. Nano-metals in Ayurveda
        1. Bal Ram Singh, PhD, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Principal Investigator.
        2. David Manke, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator.
        3. Vijay Chalivendra, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator.
        4. Yashwant Pathak, PhD, University of South Florida, Collaborator.
        5. Dr. Girish Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Collaborator.
        6. Dr. Umesh Kumar Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Collaborator.
        7. Dr. Ram Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Consultant.
        8. Catherine Neto, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator.
        9. Sivappa Rasapalli, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator.
        10. Maolin Guo, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator.
      2. Herbs and Neuroscience
        1. Diana Lurie, Neuropharmacology, University of Montana, Principal Investigator.
        2. Doug Coffin, University of Montana, Investigator.
      3. Ustainable and Healthy Environment Technology
        1. Sukalyan Sengupta, PhD, Civil/Environmental Engineering, UMass Dartmouth, Principal Investigator.
        2. Other colleagues
      4. AyurvedicDiet and Neurochemistry
        1. Bal Ram Singh, PhD, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Principal Investigator
        2. Shuowei Cai, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator
        3. Raj Kumar, PhD, Biochemistry, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Investigator
        4. Shanthi Srinivasan, PhD, Emory University, Collaborator
      5. Yoga, Meditation, and Consciousness
        1. Bal Ram Singh, PhD. Institute of Advanced Sciences, Investigator
        2. Jerry Solfvin, PhD, Psychology & Social Science, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Investigator
        3. Sukalyan Sengupta, PhD, Civil/Environmental Engineering, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator
        4. Robert Schneider, M.D., Maharishi University of Management, Investigator
      6. Science and Technology in Ancient Indian Texts
        1. Girish Nath Jha, PhD, Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Investigator
        2. R.P. Singh, PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Collaborator
        3. Bal Ram Singh, PhD., Institute of Advanced Sciences, Investigator
      7. Sustainable and Healthy Business Practices
        1. Satya Parayitam, PhD, Management & Marketing, UMass Dartmouth, Investigator
        2. Nora Barnes, PhD, Center for Marketing Research, UMass Dartmouth, Collaborator
    2. Collaborators These researchers will be bringing specialized technical and conceptual knowledge. We expect each Core project will have about 10 collaborators. Expectation from these collaborators would be seek specialized technical support, such fMRI, genomics, spectroscopy, drug formulation, etc.
    3. Consultants For each Core project we anticipate about 20 consultants who will have practical knowledge as doctors, yoga and Ayurveda, folk medicine, manufactures, philosophers, teachers, publishers, and regulators. Expectation from these consultants would be to integrate practical knowledge in the development of science and technology.
    Endowment Plans -
    It is planned that a $25 million endowment will be established to promote the Consortium projects. The endowment will be raised from private donors from US and international communities.

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