PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the first All India Institute of Ayurveda on the occasion of 2nd Ayurveda Day, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi on October 17. Tuesday was the National Ayurveda Day. He stated while inaugurating the AIIA at SaritaVihar, New Delhi that the government wanted the poor to get access to India’s healthcare system and that we should respect all healthcare systems and expect for all to grow and flourish. The Prime Minister said that the government is working towards establishing an Ayurveda hospital in every district of the country. More than 65 AYUSH hospitals have already been developed in the last three years, he added. He said the government has shown its commitment by talking about integrating Ayurveda and allopathic medicine in the National Health Policy. AIIA, built on the lines of AIIMS, has an NABH-accredited hospital and an academic block. The hospital will provide outpatient services and free medicines.It will have a total campus area of 10.015 acres and a budget of Rs157 crore. AIIA, under the AYUSH ministry, is aimed at bringing synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
AIIA will also house a panchakarma clinic, kriyakalpa, diabetic retinopathy clinic, ksharaevumanushastra karma and an infertility clinic. Besides, the institute also has pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories and diagnosis facilities. The indoor patient department has provision for 200 beds. He also said that more investment is needed in this sector for better growth and development. He also appealed to the private sector to contribute towards the development of yoga and Ayurveda by contributing parts of their CSR funds. Modi said that farming of medicinal plants in the coastal areas will give the people living there new employment opportunities. Also, since the market for medicinal plants are becoming increasingly popular, this sector needs to be explored, he said. He also said the ministries of AYUSH and agriculture can guide farmers to sow medicinal plants in their fields. This will also help farmers boost their income in line with the government’s plan to double their income by 2022, when India attains 75 years of independence, he said.
He also added that more research needs to be conducted on medicinal plants that provide instant pain relief without any side effects. The PM also suggested that Ayurvedic medicines should be packaged more attractively. He also demanded that certificates should be provided for all who undertake Ayurvedic education and that the existing education structure should be revisited.
The Prime Minister also released the “Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines” developed by the AYUSH ministry. The Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy is also working for the standardization of traditional Indian medicines.
He said that people educated in Ayurveda must have full faith in this subject.
By celebrating the National Ayurveda Day we are recapturing the our long forgotten Ayurvedic legacy, he said. Building up as an apex institute under the ministry of AYUSH, AIIA is expected to bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.In order to popularize Indian systems of medicine across the world, the AYUSH ministry has opened AYUSH information cells in 29 countries. The ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Health Organization of the US for development of Ayurveda and yoga.
He also said that Ayurveda and yoga can be effective for soldiers.