Dr P K Warrier, A Physician and Staff Member, Passed Away
The passing of Dr. PK Warrier, who was honoured by the country with the Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2010, marks the departure of a column that has contributed to the lives of many generations.
Kozhikode: Outstanding Ayurvedic Physician and Chief Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS), Dr PK Warrier, who has played a key role in expanding Ayurveda worldwide and building a bridge between traditional Indian healing techniques and modern science, passed away on Saturday, a month after celebrating his day. 100th birthday June 8.
The passing of Warrier, who was honoured by the country with the Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2010, marks the departure of a column that has contributed to the lives of many generations. According to AVS officials, Warrier breathed his last breath at Ayurvedic Hospital and the AVS research centre in Kottakkal near his Kailasa Mandiram residence around noon.
Warrier’s 100th birthday parties, ‘Satapoornima,’ did held online in June in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Warrier himself was tested for Covid last month but was released on June 17 after recovering.
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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with other leaders, have congratulated Warrier’s death. Modi said they will always remember them for Warrier’s contributions to the growth of Ayurveda.
Dr Warrier has been the creator of academic institutions during his Ayurvedic years, providing comfort and care for countless patients, including VVIPs that include many presidents and prime ministers from India and abroad and business leaders, royalty and celebrities from around the world. He treated a group of ordinary people who came to AVS Hospital for free treatment and medication with equal care and concern.
He led Arya Vaidya Sala for more than 60 years, transformed 116-year-old aid into a symbol of excellence in Ayurveda and at the same time contributed to the revitalization of Ayurveda’s clinical, medical, educational and research facilities.
Born at Kodi Thalappana Sreedharan Namboodiri and Kunjji Varassiar on June 5, 1921, in Kottakkal, he attended Kottakkal Rajas High School and Zamorin’s High School in Kozhikode. He went on to study Ayurveda at Aryavaidya Patalasa (currently at Vaidyaratnam P S Varier Ayurveda College).
During his student days, he was attracted to the national organization and participated in the Quit India organization. He grew up close to the Communist Party until he took a two-year break from school but later left politics to become part of the Ayurvedic family tradition.
He became the caretaker of Arya Vaidya Sala, founded by his uncle PS Varrier in 1902, at the age of 24 and began his career as factory manager of the AVS pharmaceutical centre in 1947. He took over the reins of AVS in 1954 following the death of his older brother PM Varier in a plane crash.
He made a second contribution to revitalizing and discovering the majority of Ayurveda as a medical science program by maintaining the scientific foundation of true Ayurvedic medicine.
AVS, which had an annual profit of 9 lakh while taking the reins, has grown to a current profit of 400 crores.
A diligent student, Warrier was keenly interested in research and development. Under his leadership, AVS undertook joint ventures with CSIR to identify bioactive molecules and improve production processes.
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UPC Warrier is survived by his son Dr K Balachandra Varier, and daughter Subadra Ramachandran. His wife Madhavikutty K Varier, a poet, died in 1997, also his son Vijayan Varier passed away in 2013.
Dr Warrier’s body was kept at Kailasa Mandiram for publicity. His last rites were held at a family funeral in Nayadippara with state honours in the evening. Ministers V Abdurahman and A K Saseendran represented the government at the funeral, which various political parties and people from all walks of life attended. Warrier himself oversaw the cancer-related studies conducted at AVS and modified a separate package of treatment formations.
He also founded the Center for Medicinal Plants Research in Kottakkal to preserve medicinal plants and research the areas of phytochemistry, taxonomy, and pharmacognosy.
Warrier also embarked on research activities in drug suspension, drug development and process improvement. In its nature, AVS has partnered with major research organizations such as CSIR, DST, AYUSH and IIT in collaborative programs in Rasayana, herbs-metal formulations, bioactive molecules, etc.
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