Research, Outreach, Education
WITH A DIFFERENCE
Unique Ecosystem, first of its kind in India
An ecosystem that promotes exploration of multi-cultural and trans-disciplinary perspectives on nature and society. Currently TDU has core strength in Ayurveda-Biology, Clinical Medicine, Medicinal Plants Systematics, Plant Genomics, Data Sciences, Local Health Traditions, Theoretical Foundations of Ayurveda, Traditional Knowledge Informatics and Manuscriptology. It has institutional research partnerships with outstanding knowledge institutions in Biology, Environmental Sciences and Conservation, Medical Research, Moving Arts (Dance), Education, Policy Studies, Contemporary Affairs, Public Health, Veterinary Sciences, Biotechnology and Bio-Informatics.
DO YOU HAVE INTEREST AND PASSION FOR LEARNING?
The University endeavours to provide learning opportunities and encourages intellectual inquisitiveness. TDU was founded based on the belief that prevalence of a dominant euro-centric orientation particularly in a university/knowledge institution, is skewed because it implies that there is only one universal way of knowing. We strive to promote the generation of trans–disciplinary, multi-cultural knowledge; without undermining the value of knowledge derived from any particular cultural and intellectual tradition.
We encourage close student teacher relationships, experiential learning from real life problems, competency oriented assessment methods and give equal emphasis to both practical skills and theoretical learning
EVOLUTION OF TDU
The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) has evolved from pioneering work of the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) outlined below:
Herbarium / Drug Repository
TDU houses the country’s only national herbarium and raw drug repository of the medicinal plants of India.
Community Health in Partnership with Traditional Healers
TDU supports the country’s only grassroots network of village based traditional healers and works in partnership with the Quality Council of India (QCI).
Insitu Conservation of Medicinal Plants
In partnership with State Forest Departments, TDU has contributed to the establishment of the world’s largest network of 108 Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas (MPCAs), located in all the major forest types, to conserve genetic and microbial pools of medicinal taxa.
Ayurveda Biology Research Group
TDU has seeded one of the country's most active “Ayurveda Biology Research Group” which researches on translational problems ranging from solutions to safe drinking water to metabolic disorders, neurology, animal health, food and nutrition.
Medicinal Botanical Database
TDU has designed and developed computer database on the traditional knowledge of medicinal botanicals of the country, from 1500 BCE to 1700 CE and including their geographical distribution.
Integrative Healthcare Hospital
TDU is involved with research and education in a 100 bed Integrative Healthcare Hospital on TDU campus which was funded by TATA Trusts. This hospital demonstrates through clinical practice the contemporary relevance of the Ayurveda knowledge system.
Ethno-Veterinary Science and Practice
This is a group focused on nationwide outreach program on traditionally used herbal solutions for animal health to reduce AMR in animal products.
Functional Genomics and Bio-Informatics
This is a small group applying genomic technologies to interpret concepts and health practices in Ayurveda.
Traditional Knowledge, Data Science and Informatics
The informatics group develops databases and IT tools in the field of Ayurveda Pharmacology preventive, promotive and curative aspects of food and health.
TDU was established as an innovation centered University focused on designing and delivering research, outreach and education focused on social transformation aligned to emerging and futuristic needs. Right now TDU ecosystem has the capacity to offer programmes that combine subjects related to natural and social sciences, design, cinema, education, health sciences, conservation and fine arts.