Shri, Dr.P.R.Krishnakumar, the Managing Director of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Limited, a premier ayurvedic institution in the country involved in production of quality medicines, promotion of Ayurvedic education, research and clinical services and also the Chairman of CARe Keralam (Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance-Keralam Pvt.Ltd), assumed office as Chancellor of Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women on the forenoon of 23.11.2015.
He studied Ayurveda at Shoranur Ayurveda College, Kerala and took up promotion and propagation of Ayurveda as his life mission. The Government of India honored him in the year 2009 with the prestigious 'Padmashri award' and in 2011 Kuvempu University conferred honorary doctorate on him, for his contributions in the field of Ayurveda.
His leadership has ushered into new avenues like:
Succeeded in creating an awareness about Ayurveda at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and thereby made a great break through for the Science to be made known world-over
Set up the first Gurukula Ayurvedic College in the country.
Launched a popular journal of Ayurveda in English in the 1970ís.
Established the Ayurvedic Trust Hospital and Research Institute at Coimbatore and also set up a number of centers and Joint Institutions in many parts of the country in collaboration with Hindustan Lever Ltd., Taj Group etc. He visited more than 50 countries promoting the cause of Ayurveda.
He is recipient of many prestigious awards such as: