Keynote Speaker

Prof. Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya


Prof. Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya has currently been serving as the Director General of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) since March 2022. Prior to this, he worked as a Professor of Dravyaguna (Ayurveda Pharmacology) at ITRA, Jamnagar from September 2007 to February 2022.

After completing his BSc in Botany Hons. and Ayurveda Degree from Utkal University, Odisha, he pursued MD and PhD from Gujarat Ayurveda University. With over 27 years of teaching and research experience in drug research, Prof. Acharya has authored five books, 10 chapters, published more than 365 research articles, and holds one patent.

He has contributed significantly to organizations like IGNOU and WHO, serving as a course writer and temporary advisor, respectively. Dr. Acharya has also been actively involved with the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India, in various capacities, such as Chairman of the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee and a member of several committees like ASUDTAB, NMPB, SAG etc.

Prof. Acharya has led over 10 research grant projects and guided 40 Ph.D. and 64 Post Graduate theses/dissertations in Dravyaguna. His research focuses on Anukta Dravya (Extra Pharmacopoeial Drugs), with the development of pharmacopeial standards and establishment of ethnopharmacological claims for over 42 Indian medicinal plants. He has also standardised shodhana methods for poisonous plants (scheduled E1 drugs) used in Ayurveda pharmacopoeia and critically edited two Nighantus. He contributed in establishing the pharmacovigilance programme for Ayurveda drugs in the country by organizing many awareness, training, and scientific programmes.

Representing India in various capacities in ten different countries, Prof. Acharya has actively participated in WHO meetings addressing herb-drug interaction, pharmacovigilance, and research methodology training. In his current role as the Director General of CCRAS, he has introduced initiatives like SPARK, PG-STAR, SMART, AGNI, ARMS and APTA to promote research among students, teachers, and physicians in the field of Ayurveda.

Being recognized for his contributions, Prof. Acharya has received the Best Teacher Award and a cash prize of 2,00,000 LKR for Drug Research, as well as the Best Research Paper Award for literary research in the field of Ayurveda from the Ministry of Ayush, Govt of India. He was also honoured with the IASTAM National award in 2022 for drug research and Society of Ethnopharmacology and SFE-outstanding National Ethnopharmacology award 2024 towards his contribution for ethnopharmacology.