Thrissur Ayurveda cluster is an Ayurveda cluster situated in KINFRA Park in Koratty in Thrissur District. The cluster is meant for a comprehensive development of Kerala brand of Ayurvedic products and train the manufacturers of Ayurveda products on the importance of safety, quality and efficacy. The cluster have facilities for testing and analysis, process product validation, safety study and manufacture. The cluster is approved by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
The Government of India in 2005 sanctioned Rs 29 crore for setting up an Ayurveda cluster in Thrissur District to develop Ayurvedic products so as to compete in the international markets. The cluster is implemented by a consortium of 62 Ayurveda products manufacturers in Kerala known as Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance Keralam Ltd (CARe-Keralam), Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) and Kerala Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).
The cluster unit was set up on 5 acres of land at the Kinfra Park and started working in 2010. The cluster includes five buildings, one godown, one museum, one analytical laboratory, one process validation lab, one toxicology lab and one common production centre. The area of the buildings comes around 60,000 square feet. In the second phase of development, the production area will be increased. The Government of India and Department of Ayush, under Ministry of Health has also set up a Rs 20-crore quality testing facility in the cluster for exporters of Ayurveda medicine. The cluster has 53 manufacturing units as members and can be increased. About 20,000 direct job opportunities would be generated in phases.
Thrissur, also known by its former name Thrissivaperur, is a city and the headquarters of the Thrissur district in Kerala, India. It is the third largest urban agglomeration in Kerala after Kochi and Calicut urban areas and the 21st largest in India. It is famous for the Thrissur Pooram festival.
Infopark, Kochi is an information technology park situated in the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. Established in 2004 by the Government of Kerala, the park is spread over 260 acres (105.2 ha) of campus across two phases, housing 450 companies which employ more than 50,000 professionals as of 2020. Infopark Phase 1 is spread over a 101 acres (40.9 ha) campus with more than 6,000,000 sq ft (557,400 m2) of operational built-up space and is expanding further. Infopark Phase II is spread over 160 acres (64.7 ha) of campus which would have a total built-up space of 8,000,000 sq ft (743,200 m2) upon completion and would employ close to 80,000 professionals. The notable tenants in the park include Indian Technology giants like Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Wipro, HCL, UST Global, Suyati Technologies, IBS Software Services etc. and foreign corporations like KPMG, Ernst & Young, IQVIA, EXL Service, Etisalat, Hubbell, Northgate, Nielsen Audio, Xerox, Conduent etc.
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Koratty is a census town in Thrissur district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a main centre of Marian Pilgrimage.
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Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala is an Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical company situated in Thaikkattussery, near Ollur. It is managed by Thaikkattusseri Eledathu Thaikkattu Family, one among the Ashtavaidya families of Kerala. Vaidyaratnam runs a NABH accredited nursing home by name Vaidyaratnam Nursing Home and an Ayurvedic Medical College apart from two ISO certified manufacturing plants in Thrissur and an R&D centre in Thaikkattussery, under the flagship of Vaidyaratnam. .
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Eledath Thaikkattu Narayanan Mooss was an Ayurvedic physician and the Chief Physician and Managing Partner of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his contribution to the field of medicine specific to Ayurveda.
National Research Institute for Panchakarma (NRIP) at Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur district, is the only organisation in the public sector for research and development in Indian systems of medicine, especially Panchakarma related to ayurvedic system. The institute was set up in 1971 on the southern bank of Bharathapuzha river in Cheruthuruthy. The institute comes under the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) of the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The institute is functioning with hospital, laboratories and pharmacy and is undertaking various research activities, especially Clinical Research on Neuromuscular problems and Training programmes to Doctors and Therapists on Panchakarma. The institute also provides intensive training on Panchakarma for Ayurvedic physicians. This institute organises Post-Graduate three-month-long Special Certificate Course in Panchkarma after graduation for Ayurvedic doctors is held twice a year. On 21 October 2010, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare upgraded the institute as a Centre of Excellence.There are opportunities for students who seek to learn and practice Panchakarma course as Masseurs conducted in a gap of every 4–5 years.Seats are limited.Duration of the course is one year.
Guruvayur–Thrissur section is a spur line functioning under Trivandrum railway division of Southern Railway zone. This is a single broad-gauge line which begins at Thrissur city and ends at Guruvayur in Thrissur district of Kerala. The 23 kilometres (14 mi) section was opened for traffic in the year 1994. The line connects the Cultural Capital of Kerala, Thrissur to the Temple Town of Kerala, Guruvayur, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
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P. R. Krishna Kumar was an Indian Ayurveda expert and managing director of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Ltd. He founded the AVP Research Foundation, a non-profit organisation promoting research in the Ayurveda. He was the chancellor of the Avinashilingam University, and the chairman of CARe Keralam, a resource centre involved in efforts to standardise Ayurvedic medicines. The Government of India awarded him the fourth-highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to Ayurveda.
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