The Gurukula Program offers students of Ayurveda the opportunity to study with Vasant Lad in a clinical setting. In India, Vasant Lad is licensed to practice medicine and the lectures and clinical cases are naturally oriented towards medical pathology as patients present themselves for diagnosis and treatment. Students observe how Vasant Lad works with each client uniquely, how knowledge and experience are applied in a consultation, and acquire more in-depth information from lectures.
The Pune Gurukula Program has no pre-planned curriculum. The clinic experience is oriented to patient care, and the lectures on alternate days often take their content from the cases presented during the week. Vasant Lad may present material he feels is relevant to the students’ education. In this program, Vasant Lad makes a commitment to individually selected students to teach what he has learned in his over 40 years of teaching and clinical practice.
Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved by our Application Review Committee.
The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to change curriculum as needed.
Students may choose to participate full time in the Pune Gurukula program with one of two options:
Certificate.Certificate students must meet the attendance requirements of 90 percent and participate fully in all sessions attended.
Audit. Auditing students are not required to meet attendance requirements and do not receive a certificate of completion.
Interested students should contact the Registrar at (505)291-9698, Extension 126 for more information and application deadlines.
Features of the 2013 Pune Gurukula Program
The Gurukula Pune Program encompasses 6 weeks of study in Pune, India in November and December. (Space is limited.)
Students spend approximately 8 hours a week in lectures and participate approximately 8-12 hours a week in clinical observations at Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic clinics where they may be asked to assist with assessment, herbal preparation, and simple treatments.
Classes are Monday through Friday.
An introductory Jyotish course and Clinical Skills course runs concurrently with this program by a qualified instructor.
Weekends are generally available for personal enrichment. Pune has a rich cultural heritage and every year many students organize trips to various temples and pilgrimage sites.
Invitations are initially extended to students who have previously studied with Vasant Lad in our academic programs. Applicants who have not studied directly with Vasant Lad, but have completed training with another recognized Ayurvedic school, may contact the Registrar to discuss possibilities for participation. Acceptance into the program is based upon application review, phone or personal interview, and on your responses to three essay questions.