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Past Conferences, Awards Presentation and Convocation Ceremonies


As part of its strategy to disseminate and propagate alternative medicines, the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines regularly organises conferences seminars symposiums and exhibitions. The highlight of the Boards many events are its annual international conferences of which it has thus far successfully organised Eleven besides Eighteen national conferences. These events provide a platform for medical practitioners from all over the world to interact with each other exchange insights and information on the latest developments and trends in the field of alternative medicine and collectively charter a future course of action to bring alternative and complementary medicines into the medical mainstream. These conferences also provide an ideal opportunity to students and budding practitioners of alternative medicines to interact with renowned and experienced practitioners from all over the world. The Boards large number of International Conferences were attended by eminent practitioners health and social workers from the USA UK Canada Australia New Zealand South Africa Japan China France Spain Germany Italy Romania The Netherlands Mexico Peru the Philippines South Korea Malaysia Indonesia Egypt Iran Qatar Bahrain UAE Saudi Arabia besides neighboring countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh.

Besides the numerous stalwarts from the field of alternative medicines the Boards conferences have come to the attention of international figures and dignitaries from around the world who have been most forthcoming in their praise and support of these events. Prominent amongst those who have expressed their support are the WHO UNICEF UNESCO theCommonwealth Secretariat the President and Vice-President of India Government Ministers and international world renowned personalities such as Mother Teresa the Dalai Lama Queen Elizabeth Rev. Desmond Tutu and UN Secretary Generals. The importance of these occasions is amply reflected by the participation of Mother Teresa state governors, union and state level ministers, chief justices, judges and diplomats.

A unique aspect of these conferences is the Awards Presentation Ceremony at which dedicated practitioners from all over the world are conferred awards and accolades for their achievements and services. The Board has also acknowledged the achievements of persons of international renown from various walks of life including Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Lama Gangchen, (President of the Lama Gangchen World Peace Foundation), Dr. Robert Muller (Chancellor of the United Nations Peace University) and Nobel laureates Prof. Amartya Sen and Charles Townes.

The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines recognizes the contribution and achievements of numerous dedicated practitioners and meritorious students, from all over the country and abroad, through awards and citations as a gesture of encouragement and acknowledgement of their efforts.

The Awards conferred by IBAM include:

  • Dhanwantary Award- (for outstanding attainment in the field of Ayurveda/Health Sciences)
  • Health Excellence Award- (for exemplifying invaluable leadership in serving the ailing society and the humanity at large)
  • Peace Award- (for praiseworthy achievement in bringing Peace in the society and world)
  • International Hahnemann Award- (for excellence in the field of Homoeopathy following the paths of the Father of Homoeopathy)
  • Patanjali Award- (for noteworthy contribution in the field of Yoga)
  • Golden Peacock Award- (in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Education)
  • Gold Medal- (for praiseworthy dedication in the respective field)
  • Environment Award- (for eminent achievement in the field of Environment & Ecology)
  • Albert Schweitzer Award- (in memory of the Noble Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Prize Recipient for Peace)
  • Charak Award- (for endless and devoted efforts to establish the truth of Ayurveda in the world)
  • Gold Medal Award - (for outstanding academic performance in alternative medicines)

Nominations for Awards are made by IBAM through its own Panel as well as self nominations for awards are accepted for review. Self nominees contact the Board for the procedure for Nomination.

Prominent recipients of Awards include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Late Morarji Desai, a Former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General of the UN, Nobel laureates Charles Townes and Prof. Amartya Sen and Lama Gangchen, President of the World Peace Foundation, Italy.

Past Awardees

Mother Teresa
Dr. S. K. Agarwal, President, Indian Board of Alternative Medicines presenting the Seva Chakra Award to the Noble Laureate Blessed Mother Teresa at the Seminar on the occasion of the World Health Day, 1995

His Holiness the Dalia Lama
Dr. S. K. Agarwal presenting the Seva Chakra Award to H. H. Dalai Lama at his 60th Birthday Celebration

Hon’ble Mr. Pawan Chamling

Presented with the Award of Seva Ratna in the year of 2000.
(Chief Minister, State of Sikkim)

Dr. Robert Muller
Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. Presented with the Seva Chakra Award in the Year of 1997.

Shenzaz Hussain
World's leading brand and manufacturer of herbal and ayurvedic cosmetic and beauty products from India.

Dato ‘ Dr. Lim Siow Jin
Founder of DXN, Malaysia, a multi-level marketing company well-known for its Ganoderma business.

Prof. Dr. A. K. Mukhopadhyay
Head of Dept. of Laboratory Science, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Vogel
A Leading Practitioner of Naturopathy and Acupuncture in Germany. Also a Leading Press Reporter.

Prof. Dr. Steven Arnold Juenke
Dean of the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, U.S.A., an internationally recognized author, educator and clinician. Author of the famous 5 hour CD on "How to Become an Acupuncturist".

Dr. Navneet Kumar Gupta
Head of the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, CSK HP Agricultural University, Himachal Pradesh

Dr.Arnold Mindell
Psychologist and Author of over 20 books in 24 languages in Portland, Oregon

Prof. Dr. Teodor Vasile
An internationally recognized author, educator and clinician, Romania. Author of the famous Book "The Violet Flame - An Integrative Holistic Complementary Therapy".

Prof. Dato ' Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad
Founder of Positive Mind Resources and Millionaire Mind Power, a well renowned personality in Malaysia. Author of many books and Conduct of regular TV Shows on Mind Power and Current Affairs.

Mahatma Madam Chris Griscom
Internationally acclaimed Spiritual Teacher, Healer and Visionary. She is the author of fourteen books, which have been translated into thirteen languages, and is the world’s leading authority on reincarnation. Founder of "The Light Institute of Galisteo renowned Spiritual Healing Centre" located in Galisteo, New Mexico, and the Nizhoni School of Global Consciousness U.S.A.

Marijah McCain
Founder of the Herbal Healer Academy, Arkansas, U.S.A. dealing in a variety of natural and herbal products. Also a Professor of Naturopathy.

Dr. Ramesh N. Modi
Practitioner of Ayurveda in Toronto, Canada for over 40 years and Former President of the International Council of Ayurvedic Physicians

Dr. Tenzin Namdul
Co-Founder and Executive Director at Choice (HIV/AIDS) Initiative in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Dr. Rabit Sadiku
Specialist Acupuncturist and Owner of the Aku-Center in Kosovo.

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