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Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya

Director General : Over all supervision of all administrative and technical activities of the Council including research

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The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. CCRAS boasts of a robust network of 30 peripheral units conducting scientific research activities in Ayurveda and allied disciplines. The Council is governed by its Governing Body comprising of Minister of Ayush as President, Minister of State for Ayush and Secretary Ayush as Vice presidents, higher officials of government of India and eminent subject experts.

The council is currently headed by the Director General, Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya. Born in village Nalibar, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha, Professor Acharya is serving in the current position since 28th February 2022. He was a Professor of Dravyaguna (Ayurveda Pharmacology) at ITRA, Jamnagar where he has been a faculty since September 2007 to February 2022.  He also served ITRA as HoD Dravyaguna and Dean. He started his career as faculty in SSN Ayurveda College, Paikmal and Government Ayurveda College Balangir, Odisha. Professor Acharya completed his PG in 1996, Ph.D in 2002, from Gujarat Ayurveda University, Jamnagar, and his undergraduate degrees, B.Sc. (Botany Hons.) in 1986 and BAMS 1993, from Utkal University Bhubaneswar Odisha and PG Diploma in Bio ethics from IGNOU New Delhi in 2015.

He is having more than 27 years of teaching and research experience in the various fields of drug research. Prof. Acharya has published more than 325 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and have authored five books. He also has 10 book chapters to his credit. He has served IGNOU as a course writer and WHO as a temporary advisor. Dr. Acharya also provided his service to the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India at different capacities such as chairman, Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee, member ASUDTAB, member Scientific Advisory Group for drug development CCRAS.

Member project screening committee of NMPB, National Coordinator, National Pharmacovigilance programme of ASU drugs. Prof. Acharya has worked as principal investigator in more than research grant projects and under his guidance 35 Ph.D., 51 Post Graduate theses/dissertations in Dravyaguna, have been awarded.

He represented India in five different countries, in various capacity, including the WHO meeting on herb-drug interaction at Beijing and Pharmacovigilance at Geneva. Prof Acharya is the recipient of the Best Teacher Award for drug research teaching and the Best Research Paper Award for Literary research, in the field of Ayurveda conferred by CCRAS. Ministry of Ayush, New Delhi, prestigious IASTAM Shri Gopaldas Parikh Award for Contributions to drug development and Late Shri Ram Krishna Pandey Memorial Service Excellence Award.