Spicy Tidbits: All India Institute of Ayurveda to be established


The Central Government has approved plans to establish an All India Institute of Ayurveday in New Delhi with a budget outlay of Rs 150 crores . The Department of Ayush is scouting for support staff.

The Institute will facilitate scientific validation, quality control, standardization and safety evaluation of Ayurveda products. It also aims to have standardised Ayurveda-based tertiary health delivery, promotion of interdisciplinary research and education of Ayurveda at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. The Institute will be on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to carry out research in the field of the traditional system of medicine, according to Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Minster for Health and Family Welfare.

The plans contemplate the formulation of an autonomous registered body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the 200 bed research and referral hospital will be commissioned by 2011.

The Institute will collaborate with institutions engaged in education and research in diverse systems of traditional medicines in countries including Japan and South Korea. It will also interact with institutes in developed countries. The main reason for setting up the Institute is to capitalize on the Ayurveda market which is expected to emerge as a $5 trillion industry by 2050, stated the health minister. According to the industry sources, the Institute will provide the much-needed relief for trained manpower and the research in Ayurveda to help bolster the growth of the sector.

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