Ayurveda, though little understood by the world so far, has always been an extremely developed medical science and even a full "Science of Life" itself. It was considered by the western world as an ethno-medical system until a few years back. It has now been structured into 16 branches of Post-graduate study, comparable to the system of allopathic medicine.
Ayurvedic Education in India is presently monitored by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which a statutory Central Government body. At present there are about 154 recognized Under-graduate and 33 Post-graduate Ayurvedic Colleges in India. The five and half year under-graduate programs in Ayurveda lead to a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (B.A.M.S.).
The Post graduate education in such specializations has been introduced in 33 Institutions with a duration of 3 years leading to degrees of Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda [M.D. (Ayu)] and Master of Surgery in Ayurveda M.S. (Ayu). The Faculty of Ayurveda, Bananas Hindu University; National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur; Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar and R.A.Podar Ayurvedic Medical College, Mumbai are some of the institutes that also have post-graduate programs leading to a Doctorate in Ayurveda.