National Ayurveda Institute to be set up in Gujarat

The Indian Lok Sabha has passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda bill 2020, which provides for setting up of a research institution of national importance in Gujarat.

During the discussion in the lower house on Thursday, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said the initiative will pave the way for establishing 11 institutes of national importance across the country, including in the Kerala capital of Thiruvananthapuram.

The bill now awaits approval of Rajya Sabha before it can be implemented. It seeks to conglomerate the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, all located in the Gujarat Ayurved University campus at Jamnagar, by establishing them as one institution and confer it the status of Institution of National Importance.

“The Institute of national importance will be a centre for promotion of quality and excellence in education, research and training in the field of Ayurveda and allied disciplines,” Naik said while assuring that the demand to upgrade Ayurveda Institutes in Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh would be considered at an appropriate stage.

He added the Ayurveda treatment would be brought under the Insurance cover.

Earlier, senior Congress MP Shashi Tharoor stressed the need for credible documentation of evidence-based research in the field of Ayurveda.

BJP MP Poonamben Maadam observed that the global market for Ayurvedic products is estimated to reach around USD 10 billion by 2022. “.. the creation of a specialised Ayurveda Institute will give official recognition to Ayurveda at the International platform,” she said.

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