SPARK to strengthen the research base of Ayurveda students at UG level

The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has developed the Studentship Program for Ayurveda Research Ken (SPARK) to nurture the research temperament among the students Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). The decision was made by CCRAS to strengthen the research base of the undergrad-level students themselves so that they conduct quality research at the postgraduate and doctoral level. Students commencing research work on a topic must complete it within two months. Interested candidates should submit their research proposals through: SPARK portal that will be reviewed by the experts. Initially, there are only 100 places for this SPARK program, but this will be expanded in the near future, depending on the response of the students and the quality of the research work carried out by them.
Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS, told Education Times: “We designed the SPARK program for undergraduate students in Ayurvedic colleges in the country with the help of technical experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The program has been implemented according to ICMR guidelines.Initially there will be 100 places for this program at pan India level but more places will be created in the near future depending on the response of the students and the assessment of their Under the SPARK program, students are required to conduct research on any subject related to their syllabus for four and a half years of their RUG, however, students only have three chances to get their research idea approved by CCRAS and must submit it within two months As part of working on this project, students can test their research innovation or observations on a prepared format. CCRAS would provide an amount of Rs 50,000 to the students which would assist them in conducting qualitative research.
“In the final year of Bachelors of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), there is a separate paper on research methodology that would also help create an ecosystem of research among students,” Acharya added.
Sanjeev Sharma, Director of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, says: “The SPARK program will play an important role in developing a research attitude and knowledge base among undergrad level students themselves. This program is designed with the aim of motivating students to undertake research at a young age so that they produce quality research at the PG and also at the doctoral level. This program will broaden the research ecosystem in the Ayurvedic sciences.”

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