Ayurveda: India for enhancing global co-operation

As part of its efforts to promote AYUSH systems of medicine globally, India has signed pacts with 23 countries for cooperation in field of Traditional Medicine and Homoeopathy so far.

This was stated by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a query in the Lok Sabha recently. The countries include Nepal, Bangladesh, Hungary, Trinidad & Tobago, Malaysia, WHO, Mauritius, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Germany (Joint declaration), Iran, Sao Tome & Príncipe, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba, Colombia, Japan (MoC), Bolivia, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, China, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Suriname.

“22 MoUs have been signed for undertaking collaborative research in AYUSH systems of medicine with various foreign universities in Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Argentina, Israel, Brazil, Australia, Austria, Tajikistan and Ecuador to conclusively prove the benefits of Ayurveda,” he said.

Also, 13 MoUs for setting up AYUSH Academic Chairs have been signed with foreign institutes in Hungary, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, Thailand, Russia Indonesia Slovenia, Armenia, Latvia, Argentina., Malaysia, Bangladesh and Mauritius.

The Ministry of AYUSH has set up 33 AYUSH Information Cell in 31 countries to disseminate authentic information about AYUSH systems of Medicine.

The minister informed the Lower House that the ministry through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) extends 104 scholarships every year to eligible foreign nationals from 98 countries for pursuing undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) and Ph. D courses in premier Institutes in India.

Besides, it deputes AYUSH experts to foreign countries to participate in international meetings, conferences, training programmes, seminars and on special assignment of the Government for promotion and propagation of AYUSH systems. Financial assistance is also provided for presentation of AYUSH related scientific research papers in international conferences, workshops, seminar etc.

Incentives are provided to AYUSH drug manufacturers/ entrepreneurs/ AYUSH institutions, AYUSH drug and Hospitals etc. for participating in International exhibitions/ conferences/ workshops/ seminars/ road shows/ trade fairs, etc. for generating awareness amongst the participating public about the AYUSH systems of medicine.

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