AADI AUSHADHI is a flagship programme of the College. An interesting model of ‘lab to land’ transfer is the ‘Aadi aushadhi’ venture set up by Dr. Lancy D’Cruz. The attempt is to link good scientific research with meaningful social interventions. Historically, evolved out of the research work conducted by Fr. Lancy on the medicinal plants of the Vasava adivasis in the Dediapada forests.
Basic belief:Research must benefit the common man.
Aadi aushadhi is a step precisely in this direction.PEOPLE-FOREST-LABORATORY LINKAGES FOR CONSERVATION OF ETHNOMEDICINAL BIODIVERSITY (GEC)
Aadi aushadhi has made significant contribution in improvement of land quality, water management, good agricultural practices, medicinal plant cultivation, product making and marketing. Self Study Report, January 2013.
- An organization of medicinal practitioners set up-information shared, confirmed & documented.
- Moves into cultivation and doing business with their traditional knowledge.
- A market study, a bio-prospecting study, an irrigation system study.
- Training in soil-water conservation and organic medicinal plant cultivation were carried out.
- The members were also trained in processing, marketing, entrepreneurship and gender sensitivity.
The adivasis currently function through three self-help groups whose members have begun medicinal plant cultivation in their individual lands. They run an office and a processing unit at Dediapada. Representing the DRDA, they sell traditional medicines (processed & packaged) at local fairs, state-level & national events. Aadi Aushadhi which has its own website (www.aadiaushadhi.com), has made a mark at the Traditional Food Festival (at the Indian Institute of Management).
Aadi aushadhi, coordinated from SXC, is an excellent example of how an integration of scientific research with social interventions can effectively change the trajectory of lives, empowering them to change from traditional tribal healers to successful entrepreneurs.