Comrade. M V Raghavan
MVR served as president of Pappinisseri Panchayath for 16 years. He was always socially committed. Being a responsible member he would always get into the problems of people, discuss the issues and find solutions for every single problem. He has always been a pioneer in the Co-operative industry and has put forth many Co-operative institutes in and around Kannur district. Pappinisseri Visha Chikitsa Society was one such initiative brought forth by MVR along with public support.
In the early 60’s, snake bites were quite common around the districts of Kannur, as the medical facilities were quite low, death rate was also innumerable. Hence the idea of such a Visha Chikitsa Society was put forth before Pappinisseri Panchayat. The demise of a close friend, Pokkan Master due to a snake bite and the passing away of another communist leader Comrade Krishna Pillai also motivated MVR to escalate the process.
MVR Ayurveda is named after our founder MV Raghavan, a veteran Communist leader and a former minister in Kerala, who was popularly known by the sobriquet MVR. A firebrand and most respected leader, MVR was the General Secretary of the Communist Marxist Party and a prominent leader of CPI(M). Being a politician he served as the Minister of Co-operation, Kerala in 1991 and was also the Minister for Co-operation and Ports Kerala in 2001. Due to his utmost dedication to the state and its people he was elected consequently for the Kerala Legislative Assembly from the 1970s six times in a row.
Visha Chikitsa Kendram
In the 1960s Pappinissery Visha Chikitsa society came into existence. The institute came into power soon after the heading up of MVR as President. All these started off with basic facilities. Overcoming many hurdles he had struggled quite hard to establish PVCS. The very renowned Kumaran Vaidyan was the main practitioner of PVCS in the initial days and he treated all patients free of cost. People from all over Malabar, Kasaragod, Kannur, and Kozhikode started coming for treatment hearing about the same. Later it was integrated with allopathic treatment to provide optimum benefit to the public.
It was quite common for people of during that period to bring the bitten snake along with them, as the practice was to identify the snake and prescribe the medicines in Ayurveda. Parassinikadavu Snake Park was such an initiative undertaken to rescue and rehabilitate the snakes which were brought along.
In association with Snake Park, an ayurveda hospital and medicinal factory was built. It was named after the prominent social worker Sri MK Ummar koya. In 2002 the MK Ummer Koya hospital was uplifted as a teaching institute and now it is known as MVR AYURVEDA MEDICAL COLLEGE. MVR Ayurveda Medical College is an integral unit of PVCS which was initiated with the idea to deliver excellence in Ayurveda Education and the best possible healthcare. It is an institution that represents the best of traditional knowledge and contemporary excellence managed by Pappinisseri Visha Chikitsa Society. MVR Ayurveda Medical College has acquired a reputation for high quality education, treatment and research in the field of Ayurveda. It was established with a vision to revive Ayurveda as a modern science.
Renowned visionary and social leader Late. Sri. M.V. Raghavan is the inspiration behind the success of the College, with his commitment to Human Welfare and Social Development through Education. Ever since 54 years of inception, the Institution has rendered yeomen service to the public by providing health care, as well as to the students a qualitative value based Ayurveda education.
The Institution provides Ayurvedic education at Graduate and Post graduate levels which are regulated by the statutory Apex body Central Council for Indian Medicine (C.C.I.M.) affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala.
The Institution currently offers the Under-Graduate Course -BAMS with 60 Seats, Post- Graduate Courses of MD (Ayurveda) and Degree courses in AYUSH Nursing (BSc Nursing Ayurveda) and Pharmacy (BPharm Ayurveda).
The Specialities of Ayurveda that are available for PG Courses are Agada Tantra, Panchakarma, and Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana.
The Department of Agada Tantra has been applied for recognition as a Centre of Excellence by the Central Government.
All three post graduate departments has been recognized as a PhD Centre of Research by the Kerala University of Health Sciences.
MVR Ayurveda Medical College also organizes Training Programs like TOT, CME, etc. and provides training sessions to Teachers and Medical Officers of various States to update their knowledge in the field of Education, Research, Treatment aspects etc. The Institution also deputes its Teachers as Experts and Resource Persons to various Ayurvedic Colleges, Institutions, and Organizations etc. to provide their expertise in these fields for the benefit of such institutions in similar training programs. The teachers also provide their expertise in various national and international seminars, conferences, workshops etc. and being faculty members of NIA, they are also associated with various Committees, Boards etc. of Ayurvedic institutions throughout the country.
Under-Graduate Course–(Ayurvedacharya)-BAMS- 60 Seats the Under Graduate Course of BAMS is of 5½ Years duration. After passing BAMS, the Students undergo a 1 Year Internship in various Subjects as specified by CCIM. Admission to BAMS Course was made by Kerala state entrance commission based on All India NEET examinations.
Herbal Garden for Demonstration-A very good Herbal Garden is developed in the Campus for demonstration and teaching purposes of students and scholars in their day to day teaching and training activities. A good number of plants and herbs have been planted in the garden. Some rare varieties of medicinal plants are conserved here. We also distribute medicinal plants to the public to increase awareness and encourage the propagation.
MVR Ayurveda hospital is equipped with 125 beds in the IP department and 7 specialty clinical OP departments such as Kayachikitsa (General medicine), Shalyatantra (Surgery and orthopaedics), Panchakarma, Balachikitsa (Paediatrics), Stri Roga (gynaecology) and Swasthavritta (preventive and social medicine). Our Agada department is a unique centre of excellent clinical expertise. It is situated in the Pappinisseri Visha Chikitsa Kendram. We are well equipped with Female and Male Panchakarma theatre, Major and Minor operation theatre, Physiotherapy, ECG, X-ray and Clinical Lab.
MVR Ayurveda Pharmacy manufactures rare medicines that are used as the anti-venom for snake bites and other treatments in addition to all the classical preparations. We have applied for patency for more than 40 medicines.
As the modern world demands standardisation and documentation of traditional medical knowledge and enhanced regulation of quality, efficacy and safety of Ayurvedic products, MVR Ayurveda is striving to excel with its rich experience in healthcare and focused on playing an important role in further transformation of Ayurveda with a wide range of modern herbal formulations based on classical texts and superior quality medical services with a global vision.