On the occasion of Ayurveda Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dedicated two future-ready national premier Ayurveda institutions through video conferencing.
The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar as an Institution of National Importance (INI), and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur as a Deemed to be University by the University Grants Commission.
The Prime Minister highlighted the rich legacy of traditional medicine that India has been blessed with. This has been recognized worldwide, more so during the times of the global pandemic of COVID-19 for its beneficial and health and wellness endowing supreme properties, he stated.
The Prime Minister stated that the focus has now shifted to prevention and wellness, and the importance of holistic and integrated medicine systems for overall wellness and health of the people. India’s traditional systems of medicine have amply demonstrated to the world the power of Ayurveda.
It is now important to develop scientific evidence-based research structures to integrate with the modern knowledge repositories to move ahead in the 21st century.
Integrative medicine is the need of the hour, he highlighted. While India has been known as Pharmacy of the World, with evidence-based research, we can take traditional medicine systems and Ayurveda to new heights, he stated.
The Prime Minister pointed out that during the Corona period the demand for Ayurvedic products has increased rapidly all over the world. He said exports of Ayurvedic products increased by about 45 percent in September this year compared to the previous year.
He added the significant increase in export of spices like turmeric, ginger, considered as immunity boosters shows the sudden boost in confidence in Ayurvedic solutions and Indian spices across the world. He said that during the Corona period, the focus is not only limited to the use of Ayurveda alone but to advance research related to AYUSH in the country and the world.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Ayurveda is not an option anymore, but forms a fundamental pillar of the country’s national health policy and health interventions.
It is observed every year on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. Its aim is to create a sense of awareness in today’s generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society. The practice to observe the Ayurveda Day was started by the Union Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda, and Homeopathy) in 2016. This year the theme is ‘Ayurveda for Covid-19’.
The name of the institutes are Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar, and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur .
Speaking on this occasion, he highlighted role of Ayurveda in boosting immunity and overall well-being.
“Everything is being integrated in today’s era and this approach has made Ayurveda play an important role in the medical world. Allopathic and Ayurvedic practices will now go hand in hand. For the first time, the science of our ancient India is being integrated with the science of the 21 century,” PM Modi said.
The Ayurveda Day is observed every year on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. This year it falls on November 13, the aim of the day is to create a sense of awareness in today’s generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society. Last year Ayurveda Day is was observed on October 25, 2019.