Department of Moulika Siddhantha
The College of Indigenous Medicine was established in 1929. It became a part of the University of Colombo adopting its current name, Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM) in 1977. The unit of Basic Principles was established under the Department of Ayurveda. Presently, the unit is engaged in under graduate and postgraduate level teaching and research.
The unit of Basic Principles deals with study of Ayurveda Ithihasaya (history of Ayurveda) MoulikaSiddhanta (Basic Principles), PadarthaVignana (Ontology) through the samhitas (classical texts) like Caraka Samhita, Susruta Samhita, andAshtangahridaya Samhita for their scientific exploration and validation. These are the subjects which help to understand the philosophy of Ayurveda. Students who learn Ayurveda philosophy get many benefits. The basic tools taught by Ayurveda philosophy help to make a complete Ayurveda physician and their great use in further education and in employment. In addition to this, unit offers basic Sanskrit language for students in order to get the meaning of texts and terminologies.
Vision of the unit is to be nucleus of the BAMS undergraduate course and the mission of the unit is to produce competent committed graduates for local and Global service.