Latvia-India international science forum opened at the Latvian Foreign Ministry with Focus on Ayurveda On 28 May

Latvia-India international science forum opened at the Latvian Foreign Ministry with Focus on Ayurveda On 28 May

An international scientific forum, "Fostering Latvia-India Cooperation", dedicated to cooperation between Latvia and India in the field of research, education and medical business was opened at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The forum brings together researchers, experts and others interested in various academic fields, including linguists, experts in culture and religion, Ayurveda practitioners, environmental researchers from Latvia, India, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

At the opening of the forum, Viktors Makarovs, Advisor to the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasised the traditionally close and dynamic relations between Latvia and India. Earlier this year, the Embassy of Latvia was opened in New Delhi, thereby increasing Latvia's presence in India and offering significant support for Latvia's universities and businesses. In the context of promoting cooperation between institutions, businesses and academic circles of Asian and European countries, it is important that in April this year, Riga hosted the third Meeting of the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Ministers of Transport and the fifth meeting of the ASEM Ministers of Education, at which India was represented by Vrinda Sarup, Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy at the Ministry of Human Resource Development of India.

At the opening session, Barbara Harriss-White, a professor at Oxford University, gave a lecture on India's experience with the prevention of environmental pollution and Dr. P. Ram Manohar, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the AVP Research Foundation, an Ayurvedic research institute from Coimbatore, presented ideas on the integration of Ayurveda into biomedical practices.

The scientific forum is the initiative of Prof. Sigma Ankrava, Head of the Centre for Indian Studies and Culture at the University of Latvia, and was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Latvian and Indian universities. The scientific forum's lectures and events will be taking place till 30 May at the University of Latvia, Tur?ba University and Pauls Stradi?š Museum of the History of Medicine.