Vaidyaratnam P. S. Warrier, a renowned scholar and academician in whose honour the Government of India have issued a postage stamp, founded Arya Vaidya Sala in 1902,at Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram district, in the Indian state of Kerala. It began as a small clinic for outpatient treatment and sale of ayurvedic medicines.Fifteen years later, Warrier established the Arya Vaidya Patasala (school of ayurvedic medicine), in the town of Kozhikode teaching under the Gurukula method.The school was shifted later to Kottakkal and has transformed itself into a Medical College, Vaidyaratnam P. S. Varier Ayurveda College, affiliated to the University of Calicut. Since 1944, when Warrier died, the clinic has been managed by the, Kottakkal Charitable Trust as per the provisions of his Will and testament. Warrier was conferred the title of Vaidyaratnam (jewel among physicians) by the Government of British India in 1933.
After the death of P. S. Warrier, his nephew, P. Madhava Warrier (P. M. Warrier) took over the position as the Chief Physician and became the first Managing Trustee of the charitable trust in 1944. He is reported to have modernized the institution and initiated many efforts for the growth of the institution. Madhava Warrier died in an air crash in 1953 and the next head of the institution was his brother, P. K. Warrier, a renowned physician and the winner of the civilian award, Padma Shri, who is the incumbent Managing Trustee and the Chief Physician. His duties are shared by P. M. Warrier who is the Chief Superintendent of the institution.
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