Indira Gandhi Ayurvedic College is one of India’s premier institutions for the study of Ayurvedic Medicine. It is located in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The college is affiliated to Utkal University. It runs the 5 ½ years undergraduate course in Ayurvedic Medicine, BAMS (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery). Postgraduate courses are currently not offered. The college is approved by the University Grants Commission.
In order to be eligible for admission to the course, candidates must pass 10+2 (Science) with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students are taught the eight divisions of Ayurvedic therapeutics, namely Kayachikitsa (Internal medicine), Shalya (Surgery), Shalkya (ENT and Ophthalmology), Kaumr Bhritya (Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics) Agad tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana (Gerentorology), Vajikaran (Aphrodisiacs) and Bhoot Vidya (Psychiatry). The Central Council of Indian Medicine deals with matters connected to the standard of Ayurvedic teaching. The Council is responsible for maintaining the minimum standards of education.
In addition to various treatment modalities, the course involves teaching students about unique diagnostic procedures. Diagnostic procedures in Ayurveda are two pronged; one is aimed to establish the state and type of pathology and second to decide the mode of treatment to be applied. Inspection, palpation, percussion and interrogation are the main modes of physical examination that are taught. The second type of examination is to assess the strength and physical status of the individual. For this, examination of Prakriti (Body constitution), Saar (Tissue quality), Samhnan (physique), Satva (Mental strength), Satamya (specific adaptability), Aaharshakti (diet intake capacity), Vyayaam shakti (exercise capacity) and Vaya (age) is done.