Education Advisory Board

The members of the Education Advisory Board are responsible for the establishment of the teaching curriculum of the European Institute of Vedic Studies, Switzerland

Professor K.C. Chunekar
A.M.S, Ph.D, Fellow of National Academy of Ayurveda, National Professor of Dravyaguna, Head of Dravyaguna Department Benaras Hindu University (BHU)

The late Prof. K.C. Chunekar was born in August 1928. Professor Chunekar learned Ayurveda at a young age from his illustrious father Vaidya Srinivas Shastri who was the chosen student of the illustrious and famous Vaidya of Benaras, Vaidya Trayambakam Shastri.

Professor Chunekar also had the great privilege of learning Ayurveda directly from Vaidya Trayambakam Shastri. He had more than 50 years of practical and clinical experience of Ayurveda to his credit. He was a visiting professor to many reputed Ayurvedic Institutions in India. To his credit, he had trained and guided many research scholars in Ayurveda throughout India.

Professor Chunekar was perhaps the most outstanding authority on Dravyaguna and botanical identification of Ayurvedic herbs during his lifetime. He was nominated as Guru to carry on the Guru-Shishya Parampara (one to one teacher student contact tradition) by the Indian government. Even as a retired professor of Dravyaguna from BHU (Banaras Hindu University) he was the Indian governments expert on the botanical identification of Ayurvedic medicinal plants. He is the author of numerous technical books on Ayurveda.

Professor K.C. Chunekar was Vaidya Atreya Smith’s guru and served as a mentor for twelve years during the development of the institute program in Dravyaguna. Professor Chunekar helped Atreya to classify more than 150 Western medicinal plants. He has had a major influence on the development of our program and on the teaching of Vaidya Atreya Smith.


Dr. Sunil V. Joshi, MD (Ayu)
Director of clinical studies

In 1988, Dr. Joshi received his MD (Ayu) from Shree Ayurved College and Research Institute, Nagpur University, Nagpur, India. Dr. Joshi opened his private clinic, the Vinayak Panchakarma Chikitsalaya, in 1985 in Nagpur, India. The focus of his practice is the Ayurvedic treatments known as panchakarma and the use of herbal supplements. Dr. Joshi feels that Ayurveda is most successful when it is practically applied in conjunction with a strong educational foundation and it is with this intention that the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Foundation was established in 2002.

Dr. Sunil V. Joshi is the receipient of Maharshi Annasaheb Patwardhan Award in the name of famous Panchakarma Physician Vaidya Lavgankar Shastri for outstanding work in the field of Panchakarma; he being the youngest recipient of this award in India. Since 1997 to the present, he is a clinical advisory and faculty member of Dr. Deepak Chopra Wellness Center, USA.

He is also the author of the acclaimed book, Ayurveda and Panchakarma, published in 1998. This book has been translated into five languages. Dr Joshi has taught at a number of prestigious places throughout the world including Colombia University, New York, USA; Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio; Wright State Medical University, Ohio, USA; as well as internationally at Johansburg, South Africa, Costa Rica, London, UK, France and Switzerland.

Dr. Joshi is responsible for the development and teaching of the clinical studies in India and Europe for EIVS.


Vaidya Atreya Smith, BSc, MA (ayu)
Director of the Institute

Vaidya Atreya Smith became interested in studying the Upanishads and Vedanta from the age of 19. This growing passion led him to India where he lived for many years and chose to dedicate his life to Vedanta in his twenties. Since 1987, he has been practicing alternative medicines, Ayurveda and continues to study, teach and train practitioners in Europe.

He founded the European Institute of Vedic Studies, Switzerland in 1998. Through his research and teaching, he hopes to give as many people as possible access to this science, while adapting them to today’s Western way of life. Atreya has a Master’s degree in Ayurveda (MA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (BSc). In 2005, his teachers in Vanarasi (India) awarded him the title of Vaidya or traditional doctor, etymologically: "who knows Ayurveda".

He has worked with Professor K.C. Chunekar and Dr. Sunil V. Joshi to develop a comprehensive training for Westerners in Ayurvedic medicine. This work has resulted in a series of textbooks entitled "Ayurveda for Westerners". Atreya is the author of 16 books on Ayurveda and Jyotish and has been teaching Ayurveda for over 25 years.


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Training in Ayurvedic medicine with a validated diploma of 3190 hours – Nidana – Chikitsa – Dravyaguna – herbal medicine according to Ayurveda – trainings in Ayurveda since 1998 – Dr. Sunil V. Joshi, MD(ayu) – Vaidya Atreya Smith, BSc MA – all these courses are taught in English