An AIIMS like Ayurveda institute will be set up in the capital to carry out clinical research, drug safety evaluation and scientific validation of the traditional Indian system of medicine. A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today approved the establishment of the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) as an autonomous organisation under the Department of AYUSH. The Cabinet also gave its nod to appoint a Director with supporting staff to oversee project implementation, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters. An 11-acre plot in Sarita Vihar in south Delhi has been identified for setting up the AIIA, which will also have a 200 bed research and referral hospital for facilitating clinical research. The institute will initially be set up as an autonomous registered body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and will be fully funded by the Central government with the objective of raising it to the status of Deemed University in 10 years. AIIA will be developed as a Centre of Excellence focussed on fundamental research, drug safety evaluation, standardisation, quality control and scientific validation of Ayurveda medicine, officials said. The institute will offer post-graduate and doctoral programmes in the identified fields of research. It will have four major divisions — Department of Fundamental Research, Division of Drug Development, Standardisation, Quality Control and Safety Evaluation, Division of Clinical Research and Teaching, and Research and Referral Hospital.