In a bid to boost research in traditional medicine and streamline hospital care facilities in the country, a premier institute of Ayurveda under the AYUSH Ministry has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
The memorandum of understanding was signed at a two-day conference of heads of the AYUSH National Institutes organised by the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA). It was aimed at upgrading the national institutes of traditional medicine at par with the IITs and IIMs.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Shripad Yesso Naik said that the AYUSH Ministry envisioned developing the AYUSH National Institutes as “light house” institutions.
“In view of the worldwide changing healthcare system, it has become abundantly clear that there is a need for comprehensive review of traditional systems of medicine in terms of policy, legislation, regulation, research, development, financing, training and professional development, quality control and safety regulations of these systems of medicine,” Naik said.
The minister said that Ayurveda is more oriented towards the management of lifestyle disorders, which are in prominence due to stress-related phenomena and some other reasons among certain age groups in the society.
Secretary AYUSH Rajesh Kotecha emphasised upon developing benchmarks for traditional medicine practices and a need for elevating status of such institutes to deliver in the areas of education and research.