“The Centre would provide all financial assistance for the proposed Ayurvedic Clinical Research Centre in Konni if the State Government provides land”, said Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Ayush.
“The State Government has proposed the clinical research centre in Konni and 50 acres of land is required. I assure that if the State Government provides the land, the Centre will provide all financial assistance,” he added.
Naik said a clinical research centre was needed to take ayurveda to higher levels. “Apart from this, standardisation and certification of medicinal herbs is very much needed to boost awareness not only in India but abroad,” he said.
On the National Arogya Expo 2015, Naik said that it would help in bringing all the stakeholders together and to create awareness among the public.
Stating that ayurveda had much demand both in the country as well as abroad, Naik said the efficacy of ayurvedic medicines should be maintained by the manufacturers so that scientific validity of ayurveda products at global-level could be established. This would help in promoting the Indian system of medicine, especially ayurveda.
Health Minister V S Sivakumar in his speech said that the government would provide the required land for setting up the centre.
He also said that the interest in ayurveda had increased manifold and it was time to reinvent the age-old medicinal system.
The National Centre of Excellence for Ayurveda Inspired Discovery is aimed at research into efficient mechanisms involved in ayurvedic therapeutics as well as to develop standardisation protocols and certification systems to help traditional medicines gain global acceptability.
It would also help research programmes to identify active compounds in medicinal plants and herbal formulations, their molecular targets and pathways to discover potential new therapeutic uses for them. The project would also include a research centre to study medicinal plant conservation, metabolic engineering to improve active plant components and a discovery programme looking for therapeutically significant molecules and compounds.