The establishment of a comprehensive institute for Ayurveda along the lines of the renowned All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has long been overdue and in a welcome move, the Government of India has approved the setting up an All India Institute of Ayurveda. This news was announced by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik.
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The first ever of its kind, this Institute will be set up in the nation’s capital New Delhi at Sarita Vihar and will include a referral-cum-teaching facility, with classes to the MD and Ph.D levels. This apex institute of Ayurveda is proposed to be built with a 200-bed hospital for in patients; construction is progressing at a steady pace along with steps to procure the necessary medical equipment and furniture. Recruitments are also on in full swing. Once this has been set up, more hospitals along the lines of AIIMS will be established in various cities across the country.
Besides Ayurveda, proposals are also on to consolidate the system of Homeopathy and subsequently, an Institute of Ayurveda and Homeopathy is soon to be established in the North Eastern region, in Shillong.
The formation of an apex institute for the centuries old healthcare system of Ayurveda is a step in the right direction towards uniformity and standardization of the system. It will also pave the way for accountability from both Ayurvedic practitioners and pharmacologists.
We at Itoozhi Ayurveda Center welcome and applaud this move by the Government of India.