The Open International University for Alternative Medicines chartered by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, is the largest open international academy and a leading institution of natural and complementary medicines and health promotion in India and abroad. Established in 1991 by Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, the Board has many flourishing affiliated colleges and study centers offering a wide variety of study programs leading to the award of diploma, degree and post-graduate degree certificates. The Board is legally established and duly registered under West Bengal Act No. 26 of 1961 which is based on the Govt. of India Act No. 21 of 1860 and the Scientific & Literary Institutions Act., 1854. The Board is conducting regular and correspondence courses in various systems of alternative medicines such as Acupressure, Acupuncture, Electro-Homeopathy, Bio-chime, Herbal Medicines, Naturopathy, Yoga Therapy, Reiki, Magneto Therapy, Indo-Allopathy and various other ancient, traditional and indigenous systems of medicines and health practices through its various centers. It has more than 6000 students on its roll and 40000 member practitioners.The Board has an impressive committee of Patrons and Advisors which include Union Ministers, Governors,State Ministers and academics of international repute such as the Chancellor of the United Nations University for Peace and the Rector of the United Nations University. The Board is also engaged in various philanthropic activities such as rendering of assistance to victims of natural calamities, operating charitable and mobile clinics and providing scholarships to needy students etc. The Board has established The Open International University for Alternative Medicines with a view to providing
high standards of academic programs in natural health sciences. His Holiness Lama Gangchen, Founder of World Peace Foundation, Italy/Spain, an affiliate of the United Nations has been appointed as the Hony. Chancellor Emeritus of the University who graciously made a formal acceptance of his appointment in the presence of Sri Bipin Koirala, Hon. Health Minister of Nepal and other dignitaries. The University has got the official membership of the World Associations of Universities & Colleges, which is a global accreditation association. The Board maintains a vast network of contacts with more than 50 international institutions from all over the globe including organizations which are directly affiliated to the UN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNCED, WHO etc. and has won the respect and esteem of national and international communities. It regularly organizes national and international congresses and encourages practitioners of holistic healing by awarding them various accolades in recognition of their unique services to society. The 10th International Conference will be organized on 1st and 2nd December 2002 at Calcutta. A large number of delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in this event. The Board has been fortunate enough in receiving the well wishes and moral support from a host of International luminaries such as Late Mother Teresa, H. H. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Dr. K. R. Narayanan (President of India),Rev. Desmond Tutu, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali (the then Secretary General of United Nations), Dr. Kofi Annan (Secretary General of United Nations), Smt.Sonia Gandhi and many others. Previous conferences were attended by delegates from more than 50 countries worldwide and were also graced by a host of dignitaries such as Mother Teresa, Governors, Union Ministers, State Ministers, and diplomats.