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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 245-246

Paving the way through COVID-19 pandemic – NIA perspective

Vice – Chancellor, National Institute of Ayurveda Deemed to be University (De - novo), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Date of Submission04-Dec-2021
Date of Decision04-Dec-2021
Date of Acceptance04-Dec-2021
Date of Web Publication16-Dec-2021

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Sharma
National Institute of Ayurveda Deemed to be University (De - novo), Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_357_21

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Covid 19 is a viral disease, it has become a global disaster and it's transmission cannot be arrested through any sort of boundaries. Although second wave has come to an end, more waves with newer variants cannot be ruled out. This world in real sense seems divided by this crisis into pre-COVID and post-COVID world. Life has changed in many aspects and has been re-defined. The devastating effects of the virus have shown their impact on almost every sphere of life. Social distancing, use of mask, hand hygiene, etc., seem to be the essential parts of the life. Vaccination has shown its good protective effects and our country is successfully carrying out the vaccination program. However, the destination seems far and a major challenge is that a section of the society, i.e., children are still devoid of the vaccination.

This crisis was really a challenging time and tested our preparedness in many ways. Our so many latent weaknesses as individuals, societies, and countries got revealed. However, right from the beginning of the civilization the man has accepted all the challenges and has taken these as opportunities. This hard time gave us opportunity to build up the physical infrastructure, to train the human resource, utilizing the existing infrastructure and facilities in different way, to continue the education (through online or hybrid mode), research and patient care activities.

One of the areas which has been hit by the virus badly is the area of education. School level as well as the higher education got affected. Whole scenario of education at both levels has changed. The students and teachers were forced to stay at home due to lock down as well as social distancing. It was difficult to continue the education. During this critical time, the online teaching and learning mode merged as a ray of hope and new trend. Although initially there were so many obstacles such as lack of training to the teachers, scarcity of devices with the institutions, teachers and students, and network issues, to one's surprise after initial struggle, this mode became operational and popular and helped a lot to continue the education system. It seems that new learning of online mode now will become an integral part of the system and perhaps will continue to contribute in all kinds education systems, conferences and so many other events on virtual platforms. National Institute of Ayurveda (Deemed University) has tried its best to protect the educational interests of the students during this hard time.

Another service area in our perspective affected was the hospital. Hospitals became the COVID management centers and all other services were almost closed or were restricted to attend medical emergencies only with all COVID protocols. This became a real threat for non-COVID patients. They were forced to stay in the hospitals without particular medical care. Hospital doctors were busy in managing the COVID patients by putting their lives under threat. However, during COVID crisis, National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) continued its hospital services with the help of dedicated staff. We established the COVID care center as well as continued the general care of the non-COVID patients including emergency surgical services in our hospital. Not only this but NIA also discharged its social duties by distributing medicines including immune boosters to COVID warriors and front-line workers, by organizing various awareness programs and media talks.

We strengthened our information technology unit and increased our bandwidth. Our challenge in this unit was to continue the Ayush Hospital Information Management System, the supply of proper network bandwidth to the institute for various functions including on-line meetings, webinars, video conferencing, and online classes. We provided the equipment to all the teachers and various office sections, video conferencing systems in the institutes and converted all the class rooms into smart class rooms. Subscription of various online meeting platforms was made by the institute for the hassle-free teaching and video conferencing. In whole of the campus, old networking system was changed to fiber cable and multiple video conferencing systems were installed. This helped to attain the smooth and high speed network. Further strengthening of the IT unit is continuously going on and we shall try to meet out all the IT related challenges.

NIA also increased its built-up area to create new space for the new initiatives and departments which were established during COVID crisis. We are further trying to come up with more built-up area. Infrastructure increased manyfold for the training of the students. Various high end simulations laboratories are established for the practical trainings of the faculties and students.

NIA continued its journey of progress during this whole period of crisis. For the academic excellence and academic autonomy, institute attained the status of Deemed to be University. This paved the way to go ahead with the new interdisciplinary PG programs and establishment of new PG departments. We also got the NAAC accreditation for the institute and National Nodal Agency status for Ayurveda Manuscriptology. It was very essential to continue the pace of development in education, patient care activities, drug manufacturing and research. This helped to keep the teachers, students, and staff boosted with best outputs.


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