6th International Conference of AAPNA, USA in India
ON “INTERFACE BETWEEN AYURVEDA & EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE” February 15th – 17th 2013.
Organized by Pragati Bio-Pharma & I- SERVE, India.
Venue: Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts Limited,Poddatur, Shankarpally Mandal, R.R. Dist. Andhra Pradesh India.
Advisor in Chief
Prof. KVK Murthy, CMD, I-SERVE
Dr. GBK Rao, CMD, Pragati Group of Companies
Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla (International) Dr. JLN Sastry (India)
Address for all Communications
Dr. M.A.Virinchi - Organizing Secretary
Pragati Bio-Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
9-4-86/172, Salarjung Colony, Mehdipatnam Hyderabad- 28, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Phone: +91 40 23518102, 2351818076
Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts Limited,
Resorts: Poddattur, Shankarpally Mandal, R.R – 501 203. Dist. Andhra Pradesh.
Phone: +91 8417 224111 / 112 / 113 Fax: +91 8417 224114
Corporate Office: Mega City No.227, H.No.8-2-293/A/A/2 & A/A/2/1, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500 034.
Phone: +91 40 23553183 / 84 / 85 / 86 Fax: +91 40 23553187
About the Seminar
Keeping in view the growing importance of traditional medicines, and especially Traditional Indian Medicine in view, TIM is the one and only comprehensive system that is recognized by WHO, the western world, and European countries as an alternative to allopathy. Our emphasis is to shape TIM as evidence based medical system by way of exploring, and utilizing the scientific aspects of TIM and the renaissance of such scientific systems. Our endeavor is to raise awareness and educate people through the revelations of this seminar. Eminent speakers of various walks of life and experts in different fields of medicine will be sharing their expertise, research results, scientific explanations and other aspects of TIM.
Pragati Group, participating in CBD MOP-11
4th October, 2012 - Dr. G.B.K. Rao, CMD, Pragati Group, participating in CBD MOP-11 Side Event on “Living in Harmony with Nature” to be held at Shanti Sarovar, Gachibowli.
14th October, 2012 - “A Green Yatra for Biodiversity” - A CBD COP-11 Event starts at 10.00 am in Group Room 1 (G.01) Ground Level, Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC)
16th October, 2012 - International Expert Consultation on "Education for Biodiversity Conservation" during COP-11
Dr. G.B.K.Rao - 20 minutes talk on the after noon session
Venue: NAC Seminar Hall, NAC Campus, Cyberabad, Kondapur, HYderabad.
CoP-11 City Mayors of International and National Delegates Visit to Pragati Resorts
17th October, 2012 - City Mayors visit - International and National delegates
8-00 am - Event Starts
9-00 am to 9-30 am – Breakfast
9-30 am to 12-30 pm - Pragati Resorts Tour
12-30 pm to 1-30 pm – Lunch
1-30 pm to 2-30 pm - Pragati Presentation to Delegates
Above Communication received from the Commissioner, GHMC.
HICC – “The Power of Human Awareness in Safeguarding Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”
17th October, 2012 - 18-15 to 19-45 pm - Room No. 1.10 (Level - 1) HICC – “The Power of Human Awareness in Safeguarding Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” - An Invitation received from United Nations, CBD is attached herewith.
All are invited with family and friends to attend the programmes to be held at Shanti Sarovar tomorrow as well as on 17th at Pragati Resorts (Entry Pass not required). All others who are holding Priority Pass issued by CBD can attend all the events mentioned above.
PRAGATI BIODIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE PARK
Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts Ltd. has been awarded with Talented Conservator Award in recognition of our outstanding contribution in the field of conservation and propagation of medicinal and aromatic Plants, and horticulture crops for the promotion of livelihood and rural development at International Level.
Award given by her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India, Washington. D.C. and received by Prof.G. Sudarsanam on our behalf during the “4th International Conference on Medicinal Plants & Herbal Products" held during September 6-8, 2012, at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, United States of America.
Convention on Biodiversity, United Nations has recognized Pragati Biodiversity Knowledge Park as a model for Biodiversity.
Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Ex-Executive Secretary and Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the present Executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada have visited our Resorts in connection with the International Convention on Biodiversity (COP–11) to be held in Hyderabad have given the feed back to the local authorities that the resort showcases biodiversified, unique and rare plant species, including medicinal herbs and aromatic species. They have also advised that this facility may be of interest to delegates visiting Hyderabad for the Cities for Life Summit.
We are very glad to inform that we have received a letter from the Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation informing us to organize a visit to our resort for International and National delegates on 17th October 2012 . Their visit may include a presentation on the unique features of the resort and a tour of the available facilities, followed by lunch.
Further, we are glad to inform you that Convention of Biological Diversity, UN conducting few events on Awareness and Biodiversity in Hyderabad apart from Exhibition wherein we have been invited as a speaker on events of 4th and 17th October 2012.
GHMC has taken note of our facility which conserves and propagates medicinal and tropical plants in close proximity and nearer o the Metropolis.
Delegates of 193 countries who are coming to participate in the International Convention on Biodiversity are expected to visit our Resort also as they considered as a novel and unique place of biodiversity for which the local authorities are arranging Volvo luxury buses on all the 19 days.
Interaction on Biodiversity –an Indian Purview
On 23rd September, 2012 Venue : Pragati Green Meadows and Herbal Garden
Inaugural Event : 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Chief Guest : Hon'ble Justice Sri V. Eswaraiah
Guest of honour : Justice M.Venkateswara Reddy,Judge (Retd.) High Court of A.P., Chairman Special Court, Land Grabbing (Prohibition) A.P
Keynote Address : Dr.R.Hampaiah, Chairman, A.P. State Biodiversity Board
Prof.S.Jeelani, Director, Center for Distance and Virtual Learning(UOH)
Prof.KVK Murthy, CMD, I-SERVE
Prof.K.J.Reddy, Osmania University
Dr.G.B.K Rao, CMD, Pragati Group
Dr.Vasuki, CEO NMPB
Dr.Prakash VC, Dr.BRAOU
A rare opportunity to learn directly from the world-renowned Gurudev - Shri Amritji
Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai is recognized as one of the pioneers of the authentic teachings of yoga in the West. He has been following the footsteps of many of the great spiritual Masters such as Paramahansa Yogananada and Swami Vivekenand in spreading the profound depth of the ancient teachings of India to the world.
Yoga - Learn how to release trapped energy being trapped as mental and emotional blocks in the form of tension in the body can be can be released instantly for accelerated healing
Breath -discover the power of breath that can initiate instant detoxification, relaxation and healing of the body.
Meditation -This unique approach to mediation works faster than tranquilizers and more effective than sleeping pills. It releases “happy” hormones from the body’s pharmacy with no side effects.
The Amrit Approach to the Zero stress Zone is easy to adopt and powerful in impact. It will change your life. You will be inspired to practice and it will become an integral part of your daily life
Life comes to you the way you live it. Change yourself and life will change also
Seminar Location : Conference room, Pragati Resorts, Proddatur. R.R.Dist.
Cost : Rs. 1,000/- (including taxes and dinner) Note : Accommodation extra if needed
To Register Contact : Dr. K. Sreedhar - 9440489045 & Mr. Abbas - 9848540825
Award for Excellence under the Category of “Classified Hotel 3 Star” – (State Award) -2011
Dr. G B K Rao, CMD, Pragati Group received the Award for Excellence under the Category of “Classified Hotel 3 Star” – (State Award) for the year 2010-11 from the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Sri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on 27th September, 2011 World Tourism Day at Telugu Lalithakala Thoranam, Hyderabad.
DR. G.B.K. RAO,CMD, Pragati Group, HONOURED IN UNITED STATES & PRAGATI TO GO GLOBAL
Renowned industrialist and Environmentalist Dr. G.B.K. Rao, CMD of Pragati Group of Companies, Hyderabad was honoured with the title “Ayurveda Marthanda” by AAPNA (Association for Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) for his contributions in Ayurveda promotion. The award was presented to him at the 3rd International Conference of AAPNA at Boston on 14th August, 2011. Dr. G.B.K.Rao received the award through Sri Amritji, Kundalini Yoga Guru of US. Dr. A.V.Shekhar, president of AAPNA enlightened the gathering about the contributions of Dr. G.B.K. Rao for the promotion of Ayurveda.
There were about 170 delegates at the conference who have come from 20 countries viz., Ireland, UK, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Canada, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Singapore etc countries. Ayurvedic professionals from about 32 states of US have also participated in the conference.
Dr. Rao G.B.K. on behalf of Pragati and Dr. Shekhar A.V. on behalf of AAPNA have signed a MoU for the mutual co-operation in the field of Ayurveda. From January 2012 professionals of AAPNA will be coming to Pragati Sparsh, Hyderabad to undergo teaching and training in Ayurveda. Dr. Suresh from Ireland and Dr. Joshi V.N. from UK have also expressed their preparedness to enter into a MoU.
Dr. Sunita Kanumuri, President, AAPI (Association for American Physicians of Indian Origin) was also present during the sessions.
Dr. Rao is presently organizing Pragati Sparsh Ayurvedic Center at Mehdipatnam and a Panchakarma Center at Pragati Resorts. The Ayurvedic Spa at the resorts is also taking its final shape. Dr. Rao informed that the Pragati Bio-Pharma Pvt. Ltd. Established in 2002 has obtained two patents and filed application for another three patents. The resorts at Proddaturu has a collection of about 750 plant species out of which about 550 are medicinal plant species.
Felicitation of Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain at Pragati Herbal Healing Garden Resorts
Pragati Group has felicitated Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain, Chairman, BioAsia Advisory Board, Chairman of India Chapter of FABA and Chairman of Pragati Bio-Pharma Research Advisory Board on 29th May 2011 at Pragati Resorts. Dignitaries from various fields have attended the function. Dr. G.B.K. Rao presented a memento to Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain on this occasion. Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain said it is a memorable stay at Pragati Herbal Healing Garden Resort.
Certificate of Appreciation from Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Dr. G.B.K. Rao received the Certificate of Appreciation from A.P. Biodiversity Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh on International Biodiversity Day Celebration held on 22nd May, 2011 in recognition of rendering exemplary service for conservation of Biological Resources and Sustainable use of Biological Resources.
Cambridge Conference of Election Commissioners from South Asia
Cambridge Conference of Election Commissioners from South Asia to be held on 21st & 22nd January, 2011 at our Pragati Resorts, wherein the Chief Election Commissioners of 18 countries are participating. The reason for selecting PRAGATI as the venue for the conference is to promote such important Biodiversity Herbal and Organic Garden, as they recognized PRAGATI as a mighty light house for the whole World. It is a prestigious international conference which is going to be inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Pragati Herbal Garden Resorts vision is to create natural environment so that we enjoy and experience divine nature. Pragati is an Environmental Institution where you can gain the knowledge of green building concept, aromatic herbal and medicinal plants, religious heritage plants (Navagraha vana), many more environmental corridors, water falls, water fountains, creeks, organic manure preparation, gow-shala. Pragati Herbal Garden, an ultimate place, is a role model for many people and we want to promote this concept to the whole world. Our slogan is ‘Go Green Go Organic Food’ and ‘Green the Earth Clean the Mind’ – concepts of Convention on Biological Diversity of United Nations.
The 'tulsi' plant or Indian basil
The 'tulsi' plant or Indian basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition. The name 'tulsi' connotes "the incomparable one". Tulsi is a venerated plant and Hindus worship it in the morning and evening. Tulsi grows wild in the tropics and warm regions. Dark or Shyama tulsi and light or Rama tulsi are the two main varieties of basil, the former possessing greater medicinal value. Of the many varieties, the Krishna or Shyama tulsi is commonly used for worship.
Tulsi As A Deity: The presence of tulsi plant symbolizes the religious bent of a Hindu family. A Hindu household is considered incomplete if it doesn't have a tulsi plant in the courtyard. Many families have the tulsi planted in a specially built structure, which has images of deities installed on all four sides, and an alcove for a small earthen oil lamp. Some households can even have up to a dozen tulsi plants on the verandah or in the garden forming a "tulsi-van" or "tulsivrindavan" - a miniature basil forest.
The Holy Herb: Places that tend to inspire concentration and places ideal for worship, according to the 'Gandharv Tantra,' include "grounds overgrown with tulsi plants". The Tulsi Manas Mandir at Varanasi is one such famous temple, where tulsi is worshipped along with other Hindu gods and goddesses. Vaishnavites or believers of Lord Vishnu worship the tulsi leaf because it's the one that pleases Lord Vishnu the most. They also wear beaded necklaces made of tulsi stems. The manufacture of these tulsi necklaces is a cottage industry in pilgrimages and temple towns.
Types of Tulsi: Karpoora Tulsi, Mint Tulsi, Lavanga Tulsi, Sabja Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, Lakshmi Tulsi.
Tulsi As An Elixir : Apart from its religious significance it is of great medicinal significance, and is a prime herb in Ayurvedic treatment. Marked by its strong aroma and a stringent taste, tusli is a kind of "the elixir of life" as it promotes longevity. Tulsi is taken as the herbal tea. Different kinds of Tulsi leaves can be used for adding different flavours according to one’s taste. The plant's extracts can be used to prevent and cure many illnesses and common ailments like common cold, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning and malaria. Essential oil extracted from karpoora tulsi is mostly used for medicinal purposes.
A Herbal Remedy: According to Jeevan Kulkarni, author of 'Historical Truths & Untruths Exposed,' when Hindu women worship tulsi, they in effect pray for "less and less carbonic acid and more and more oxygen - a perfect object lesson in sanitation, art and religion". The tulsi plant is even known to purify or de-pollute the atmosphere and also works as a repellent to mosquitoes, flies and other harmful insects. Tulsi used to be a universal remedy in cases of malarial fever.
Tulsi in History: Prof Shrinivas Tilak, who teaches Religion at Concordia University, Montreal has made this historical citation: In a letter written to 'The Times,' London, dated May 2, 1903 Dr George Birdwood, Professor of Anatomy, Grant Medical College, Mumbai said, "When the Victoria Gardens were established in Bombay, the men employed on those works were pestered by mosquitoes. At the recommendation of the Hindu managers, the whole boundary of the gardens was planted with holy basil, on which the plague of mosquitoes was at once abated, and fever altogether disappeared from among the resident gardeners."
Tulsi In Legends : Quite a few myths and legends found in the Puranas or ancient scriptures point to the origin of importance of tulsi in religious rituals. Although tulsi is regarded as feminine, in no folklore is she described as the consort the Lord. Yet a garland solely made of tulsi leaves is the first offering to the Lord as part of the daily ritual. The plant is accorded the sixth place among the eight objects of worship in the ritual of the consecration of the Kalasha, the container of holy water.
According to one legend, Tulsi was the incarnation of a princess who fell in love with Lord Krishna, and so had a curse laid on her by his consort Radha. Tulsi is also mentioned in the stories of Meera and of Radha immortalised in Jayadev's Gita Govinda. The story of Lord Krishna has it that when Krishna was weighed in gold, not even all the ornaments of Satyabhama could outweigh him. But a single tulsi leaf placed by Rukmani on the pan tilted the scale.
In the Hindu mythology, tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu. Tulsi is ceremonially married to Lord Vishnu annually on the 11th bright day of the month of Karttika in the lunar calendar. This festival continues for five days and concludes on the full moon day, which falls in mid October. This ritual, called the 'Tulsi Vivaha' inaugurates the annual marriage season in India.
Senior Citizens Homes Brochure released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr. K. Rosaiah
Pragati Group has come up with unique project for Senior Citizen Homes at Green Islands, Proddutur Village, Shankarpally Mandal, R.R. District. Amidst a lush green 2500 acres of splendid site which offers a rare opportunity to experience complete health, well-being, disease-free environment and high standards in today’s world.
These Homes are blissful for the Senior Citizens and they have the privilege of staying at ecstatic haven where life after retirement is fulfilling and pleasurable. The above said concept is very unique and one of its kind in our Country.
DR. K. Rosaiah, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh, released a brochure of “Senior Citizens Homes” of Pragati Green Meadows and Resorts at Hitex, Hyderabad on the occasion of APREDA Property Show held on 30th & 31st October 2010.
Pragati Resorts Herbal Organic Food Court
Pragati Food Spa, believe in combining the following items with herbs to about positive changes in overall health and wellness.
Organic Vegetable Curries
Traditional Pragati Salad
Herbal drinks and Fresh juices
Fruits and fruit juices
Aromatic Herbal products including herbal TEAS
We spread the message ‘Go Green Go Organic’ through Organic Herbal Food Court.
Square Meter Gardening – A New Way of Gardening:
With Square Meter Gardening Concept, you can grow the organic vegetables (without using chemicals and pesticides ) at home with lesser effort, Less water , Lesser space and time.
The theme of this Square Meter Gardening is introduced by Pragati Resorts and emphasizes this type of Gardening as ’Nature is pleased with simplicity’, Pragati’s interest and enthusiasm encourages every one to have your own Square Meter Gardening (SMG).
Green the Earth Clean the Mind
Award of "Excellence in Environmental Management (Dalchand Sunderbai Silver Rolling Trophy)
We have been chosen by FAPCCI for the Award of "Excellence in Environmental Management (Dalchand Sunderbai Silver Rolling Trophy) instituted by Sri Suraj Prasad Agarwal,Promoters of'White House'.
The FAPCCI 92nd Annual Function & Presentation of Awards by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri K. Rosaiah will be held on Monday, the 5th April, 2010 at 5:30 pm at K.L.N. Prased Auditorium Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad.
Falicitation of Smt. G.V.Kumari-Dasabdi Mahila Award
Smt. G.V. Kumari, Director Finance of Pragati Group is felicitated by Sri Danam Nagendar , Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare on the occasion of “Dasabda Mahila”, Award Function held on 08-SEP-2010. Dr. Smt. Jayasudha, MLA & Sri. Parthasaradhi . IAS, Commissioner attended the function.
COFFEE TABLE BOOK RELEASE OF INDIA TODAY
Book release function of Business Wizards of India Today held at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad on 09.09.2010. Dr. J. Geetha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Information, Public Relation and Tourism, Govt. of A.P., Dr. G.B.K. Rao, CMD, Pragati Group, Sri R.N. Shenoy, Sr. Assistant Publisher, India Today and Sri Amarnath K Menon, Chief Editor are seen.BEST REAL ESTATES & RESORTS IN A.P
Pragati Resorts has been adjudged the 'BEST REAL ESTATES/RESORTS' in Andhra Pradesh by the A.P Real Estate Developers Association (APREDA). This award was presented by Union Minister of State for Urban Development Bandaru Dattatreya to Dr. G. B. K. Rao.
Pragati Resorts is an exotic paradise, a perfect hideaway far from mass tourism. The pristine charms of nature in its primordial best and warm hospitality ensure the perfect getaways. The tree-lined avenues with a row of blooming bougainvilleas and fish tail palms with lush green lawns and paved walkways make for a refreshing experience. There is a signature of green everywhere with colorful and blooming plants adding to the ambience.
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam’s Lead India Vision 2020
Society today is in a state of change and the present youth are at the cultural cross roads. The Vision 2020 of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is aimed at creating a better India through regional development with emphasis on educating the youth. “To enable development of youth, first and foremost, the teacher’s love for teaching is essential, with teaching as the soul of the teacher. The teacher must realize that they are responsible for shaping not just students, but ignite youth who are the most powerful resource under the earth, on the earth and above the earth”.
Pragati Resorts has made a consecrated effort in developing and preserving the environment degraded and devastated by man. Today it has joined hands with Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and we have promised to provide support to organize 1,00,000 Children, Teachers and Parents in Guntur District of A.P. for his inspirational talk to create awareness among them about our culture, tradition and values to make our Nation the Best in the World. At Pragati we believe and agree with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that children are the future of this society and we have to give them the right support to preserve the earth and make it a better place to live.
Member of Task Force Committee of Food Processing Industries in Andhra Pradesh nominated by Government of India, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Panchsheel Bhawan, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi - 110 049 vide F.No.A-11011/1/2001-Admn-PC dtd. 12.12.2006.
Pragati Group receiving the Award for Excellence in the category of Eco-Friendly Project
Dr. G.B.K. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Pragati Group receiving the Award for Excellence in the category of Eco-Friendly Project for the year 2006-2007 in the Tourism Sector from the hands of the Honourable Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu on 01.11.2007.
Dr. G.B.K. Rao receiving the Doctorate Award (Environment and Rural Development)
Dr. G.B.K. Rao receiving the Doctorate Award (Environment and Rural Development) from the hands of the Vice Chancellor, The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Srilanka on the 23rd September, 2007 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.