Plan for AYUSH University

A lot of work is going on around the globe to integrate different medical systems. India is also taking several steps in this direction. The the new health policy, which was formulated in March 2017, emphasizes on the need for strengthening alternative medicine. This new and revised policy  has mooted the formation of a separate university for streams other than modern medicine, says a report in The Hindu.

A lot of suggestions are  made  to strengthen as well as improve the standards and facilities and to vitalize the institutions coming under the umbrella of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

“The Union government provides a lot of funds through the Ayush department. Once a separate university is set up, more funds can be made available from the centre as well as the state Ayush departments for varied activities including research and infrastructure development. So, it is a welcome move, says  Dr. N K Sanil Kumar of Justice Krishna Iyer Movement.

The new policy states that existing government Ayurveda dispensaries will be renamed and revitalized as Ayurvedic primary health centres. All Ayurvedic district hospitals will be strengthened and at least one Ayurvedic hospital will be established in every taluk.

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