Govt plans to utilize potential of science & technology to improve efficacy of ayurvedic drugs

The Ministry of Ayush, is working on a strategy to utilize potential of science and technology to in traditional medicines. The government feels that if a synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools & technology is created, it can step up the growth of traditional treatment system and the people can go with medicines of no side effects.

To develop this idea, the Ministry of Ayush has set up an apex research –cum –educational institute in Delhi namely All India Institute of Ayurveda which is on lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

According to union Ayush minister, Shripad Yesso Naik, AIIA will facilitate quality patient care, research and bridge the gap in the scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of the traditional Ayruveda products manufactured in India. Further, the educational institution attached to the Institute will help to develop benchmarks of ayurvedic education, research and healthcare.

“The AIIA has been awarded with NABH Accreditation, therefore becoming the first medical institute under the Ministry of Ayush to hold the coveted status provided for its clinical services. The Institute has signed MoU with National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) Noida, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), AIIMS New Delhi, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) and EAA (Germany) for research in various areas. The Ministry has also developed standard treatment guidelines for diabetes and SOP for various procedures.

AIIA was dedicated to the nation on October 17, the National Ayurveda Day, by the prime minister. This is the first ever national level institute for Ayurveda established in the country by the government.

While delivering his inaugural speech, prime minster, Narendra Modi said his government is working towards establishing Ayurveda hospitals in every district of the country. Within the last three years, union government has started 65 Ayush hospitals in various parts of India. He said the union government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.

Recently, the central government has established a National Institute of Ayurveda in Jaipur in Rajasthan to offer undergraduate, postgraduate and fellowship programme. Ayush Ministry’s AIIA project in New Delhi is in addition to this, and it has the PG courses (MS/MD) and research programs (PhD). For bringing up under-gradate education in Ayurveda and homeopathy in the north-east, the Ministry has established one institute in Shillong, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy, Ayush minister informed.

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