Nepal bets big on ‘Ayurveda’: to set up university

Nepal is all set to establish a new university focussing on Ayurvedic study and research as part of promoting the ancient health care tradition being practised in the Himalayan country for centuries.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology recently registered the ‘Yogmaya Ayurveda University Bill’ at the National Assembly.

Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel said the initiative will also help in producing skilled human resources in Ayurvedic practice.

The Bidushi Yogmaya Ayurveda University will facilitate integrated teaching besides medicine research and development. It will also make ayurveda education timely and relevant.

As per the bill, the university may operate schools on Ayurveda, Ayurveda nursing, medicinal plants, yoga education and natural medicines. It is also allowed to establish and operate teaching hospital in accordance with the standards set by the Nepal Ayurvedic Medical Council. The university may grant scholarship to meritorious and poor students.

The government has allocated Rs 100 million in the budget for the current fiscal year for formation of the university. Currently, the Nepal Sanskrit University offers various courses in Ayurveda.

A programme has been also incorporated in the budget statement to make arrangements for providing health services by integrating alternative medical practices such as ayurveda, homeopathy, acupuncture, sowa rigpa and naturopathy with the allopathic medicine.

Nepal is rich in terms of various medicinal herbs and traditional medical practices.

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