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Dr PM Varier of Kottakkal Aryavaidyasala gets ‘Life Time Achievement Award’

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The prestigious ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ instituted by the New Delhi based Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV), the National Academy of Ayurveda under the Union Ministry of Ayush, has been bestowed on Dr. P Madhavan Kutty Varier, generally called Dr PM Varier, the managing trustee and chief physician of the Kottakkal Aryavaidyasala in Kerala.
The award was conferred for his distinguished services and unparalleled contribution for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda in India and outside. The award ceremony was conducted as part of the 27th Convocation of the Vidyapeeth in New Delhi last week.
The award was given away by Dr. Devendra Triguna, president of the All India Ayurvedic Congress (AIAC) in the presence of union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandavia and Union Ayush secretary, Dr. Rajesh Kotecha in a function held at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital.
The national academy of Ayurveda also conducted one national seminar on the doctrine ‘Ayurvedo Amrutanam’ on March 4 and 5, in which Dr P M Varier was a special invitee for the two days. He is a Guru (Teacher) of the ‘Guru Shishya Paramapara’ (GSP) programme offered by RAV for the last 17 years.
According to sources from Kottakkal Aryavaidyasala, Dr Varier took charge as the Managing Trustee of the Vaidyasala in July 2021, but even before that he became the chief physician of the hospital. His career started in 1969 as an Assistant Physician at the Aryavaidyasala after completing his post graduation (MD Ayurveda) from the government Ayurveda medical college at Thiruvananthapuram. He was promoted to the post of factory manager in 1985. In 1993, he was the head of the Chennai unit of the institution. In the year 2007 he became a Trustee Member of the Aryavaidyasala’s management body.
Dr PM Varier’s services and efforts have earned him several accolades and recognitions from government and private institutions. In 2014 he was awarded with the Kerala government’s prestigious ‘Dhanwantari Award’.
He held several positions in various forums as nominee of the central and state governments. He was the president of the Travancore-Cochin Medical Council (ISM), governing body member of the Kerala Ayurvedic Studies and Research Society, president of the Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers Association (ADMA), president of the Kerala Ayurveda Mandalam, and member of the Union Government’s Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee.
Further he served as a member of the state Ayurveda advisory committee and also a member of the Ayush Ministry’s Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).

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