Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag, who will be the chief guest at the inauguration of the Global Ayurveda Festival-Kerala (GAF), arrived in Kochi on Monday.
On landing at Nedumbassery airport, Purryag was accorded a warm reception by GAF reception committee chairman Hibi Eden MLA, District Collector Rajamanikyam, GAF national steering committee chairman G G Gangadharan, GAF general secretary G Vinod Kumar, CISSA general secretary Dr C Suresh Kumar, Baby Krishna and others.
Talking to Global Ayurveda Festival-Kerala-2014 organisers, the Mauritius President said that Ayurveda has not been getting its due support and needs some planned efforts to make it global in a big way.
The first team of delegates from Sri Lanka also arrived in Kochi on Monday. The delegation was led by Jayasiri Mendis of Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine
Preservation Foundation and Senaratne, principal of Prakumbha Ayurveda College, Colombo.
Jayasiri has been holding her position for the past 12 years and is also the president of All-Island Indigenous Medicine Practitioners’ Association.
The first team of Sri Lankan delegates comprises 30 Ayurveda doctors and 10 students of Ayurveda. The delegates are expected to visit Ayurveda medicine manufacturers and institutes.