National Dhanwantri Ayurveda Award to be conferred on Ayurveda Day

The Ministry of Ayush has decided to celebrate “Ayurveda Day” every year on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti (Dhanteras). The Ministry has resolved to institute “National Dhanwantri Ayurveda Award” which will be conferred on that day. This resolution was published on November 8, 2023.

The “National Dhanwantri Ayurveda Award” will be conferred on eminent Vaidyas and Ayurveda experts to motivate them to adopt best practices of Ayurveda. Therefore, the Ministry has established the following guidelines governing the award:

Title of the Award : National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award with Citation, Trophy (Dhanwantari Statue) and Cash reward  of Rupees five lakh. The main purpose is to encourage excellence through competition. These awards would help to promote and motivate adoption of best  practices in the pursuit of excellence in Ayurveda.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Significant contribution in the field of Ayurveda in terms of promotion and propagation  of Ayurveda at National or International Level or Teaching or Research and development or Policy and planning for Ayurveda promotion  and integration at National level, integration of Ayurveda in various National Health  Programs benefiting people at large scale etc.
  • Renowned Ayurvedic practitioners with minimum twenty years professional experience. The Ayurveda professionals should have direct or indirect impact on the society through  work in the field of Ayurveda at the national and international level. Age not less than 40 years.
  • A Degree in Ayurveda recognised as per the provisions of the National Commission for  Indian System of Medicine Act, 2020 or The Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970  as applicable would be eligible for the award.
  • Past awardees will not be considered for 2nd time for the same award.

Selection Committee: The Selection Committee shall have the following composition:

  • Secretary, Ministry of Ayush- Chairman;
  • Three Ayurveda experts to be nominated by the Secretary- Members.

A panel of awardees would be prepared by the selection committee for final selection by the Minister of Ayush. The Selection Committee will invite online nominations in the prescribed format uploaded on the National Awards Portal. The Selection Committee will devise its own procedure to select the awardees. 

Presentation of Award : The award shall be presented at the time of Annual “Ayurveda Day” to be celebrated on Dhanwantari Jayanti  (Dhanteras). The names of awardees shall be published in the Official Gazette.

The Ministry contemplates that stakeholders across the country will also conduct various activities for the promotion, propagation and popularization of Ayurveda.