Modi inaugurates first All India Institute of Ayurveda

Modi inaugurates first All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda in the national capital.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said: “There should be an Ayurveda hospital in every district. Ayush ministry is working in this direction. In the last three years, more than 65 Ayush hospitals have been developed."

Located in south Delhi, the Rs 157 crore institute is spread over an area of more than 10 acres. It has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers.

“No country can move forward unless it takes pride in its history and heritage. For a long time after independence, Ayurveda was ignored. But Ayurveda is a priority for us and we are integrating it with the public healthcare system,” Modi said.

The prime minister said Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) ministry was working on other schemes like Ayush villages and wanted corporate houses to promote Ayurveda by spending from their corporate social responsibility fund.

Comparing the traditional system with modern medicine, Modi said Ayurveda experts should find out medicines that give immediate relief to patients but by keeping the side effects at bay.

Earlier this year, the Ayush ministry signed an agreement with the World Health Organisation for the promotion of traditional and complementary medicine or systems.

The new institute, Modi said, would promote such inter-disciplinary research involving the exponents of Ayush, Indian Council of Medical Research and foreign collaborators. At present, the AIIA caters to about 700 patients daily, but the numbers are expected to double in the near future.

“In a short time, the AIIA has gained wide national and international recognition. It has started working towards facilitating quality patient care and research, bridging gaps in scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of Ayurveda products,” said Ayush minister Shripad Yesso Naik.

Naik said a three-fold rise in the market of Ayurvedic products, from $ 2.5 billion to $ 8 billion, was envisioned by 2022. Aiming for better standardisation, the ministry on Tuesday released a standard guideline on the Ayurvedic treatments and the second guideline on Ayurvedic terminologies.

The NDA government's renewed thrust on Ayurveda is in sync with the WHO's plan as the global body begins to implement its traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023.
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