The First Siddha Ayurveda Medical College was established by Mr. J. Bastiampillai in 1925 at Jaffna. This system was established along with Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine in 1977 at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. At the request of Tamil educationalists, the Siddha section was transferred to the University of Jaffna from the IIM, the University of Colombo on the 2nd of July 1984 as a department under the Faculty of Arts. The department of Siddha Medicine commenced its academic functions at Kaithady. The department of Siddha Medicine became a separate Unit under the direct administration of the Vice-Chancellor on the 1st of October 1993. The Board of Management to the Unit of Siddha Medicine was established in 2003 to make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on matters pertaining to academic, administration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction, and students’ welfare. Now Steps were taken to upgrade the Unit of Siddha Medicine as a Faculty of Siddha Medicine. The Unit is producing competent Siddha Graduates. These Graduates are getting employment as Medical Officers in Siddha Ayurvedic Hospitals in Sri Lanka. 1st Conference and Exhibition was conducted at the National level in 2017 followed by 2nd and 3rd were organized at an international level. All of the conferences were organized jointly with the Department of Indigenous Medicine, Northern Province. Further, the Unit of Siddha Medicine has started to release newsletters once in the year since 2017. The staff of the Unit of Siddha Medicine has decided to conduct a third International Research Conference on Siddha Medicine on 27th – 30th January 2022. This is a Hybrid Conference (Physically in Person + Virtually Live Online). This will provide a platform for the enhancement of the knowledge and dissemination of the research findings of the students, Siddha Physicians, and academics from different fields. Further, it will help to strengthen and collaborate with Traditional physicians and Researchers who are in National and international Universities.
- To disseminate their research finding of the researchers in different fields
- To create the platform to the academics, students and practitioners to present their papers
- To enhance the knowledge of Indigenous Medicine among the medical practitioners.
- To collaborate with other fields for enhancing the knowledge of Siddha Medicine
- To create the awareness to do research among the students
“Enhance Immunity for Healthy Life through Siddha Medicine”
Tracks of the International Research Conference-2022
- Health & Indigenous Medicine
- Natural Resources & Indigenous Medicine
- Manuscriptology & Medical Astrology
- Siddha Literatures & Yoga therapy
- Food & Nutrition