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Research @ TDU

TDU provides uncommon opportunity to students and researchers to learn and undertake research in areas that correspond to its core strengths and that of its knowledge partners in fields such as conservation, life sciences, integrative health sciences, policy, education, bioinformatics, cinema, public health, ethno-veterinary science, information technology, art and design.

One of the unique features of research at TDU is that all of its focus is on combining improving knowledge and practice that is socially relevant and that provides the basis for national and international policy-making.

The University aims to capitalize its unique methodology of co-constructing and co-creating new knowledge, and contribute to the education of a new generation of researchers and change agents in their own communities and on the world stage, through a focused and a large PhD program


Drinking Water

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the traditional practice of storing drinking water in copper pots

4th Tier in Primary Healthcare

Community based system of healthcare using Local Health Traditions

In-situ Conservation of Medicinal Plants

Development of block / taluka level databases on medicinal botanicals of India

Prevention of Diabetes and Obesity

Ayurvedic preparations for holistic management of diabetes, obesity and associated patho-physiology

Malaria Research

Research focusing on how medicinal plants can help in preventing malaria in endemic areas

Traditional Knowledge Informatics

Cataloging and digitization of medical manuscripts in different part of India and regions of the world

Anemia Research

Ayurvedic intervention for iron deficiency anemia using common herbs & plants like Ginger, Pomegranate and Amla

Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics

Functional genomics focusing on conservation of medicinal plants and traditional medicine

Clinical Research

Developing Science of Wellness based on Ayurveda concept of swasthya

Ayurveda / Herbal Fumigation

Using Dhoopana for improving general health and immunity


Understanding of mode of action of select Medhyarasana at behavioral, cellular and molecular level.


Documentation & analysis of intra-specific and inter-specific variation of medicinal botanicals

Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM)

The Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) is a part and parcel of the FRLHT trust founded by Sam Pitroda and Darshan Shankar. It is a high quality 100 bed, integrative healthcare hospital visualized by the founders as a ‘seed’, to be nurtured into a world class “Integrative Healthcare”, services, research, and education institute. It has a fraternal relationship with TransDisciplinary University (TDU) since both are creations of the FRLHT Trust.


research collaborators



India has a rich tradition of health practices like Ayurveda, Yoga, Siddha, Unani and Sowa Rigpa systems. Importance of transdisciplinary scientific research to understand and validate the integrative health practices into medical practice and public health has been globally recognize.


The Savitribai Phule Pune University has established ‘Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’ (CCIH) at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences to promote high quality scientific research, collaborative consortia, teaching, training, extension, policy, analysis, advocacy and translation.

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