Institute Research in Ayurveda Bill introduced in LS

Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

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The government on Monday introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to conglomerate a group of Ayurveda institutes in the campus of the Gujarat Ayurved University at Jamnagar in Gujarat and establish them as one institution with conferment of institution of national importance status on it.

The Congress and other Opposition parties tried to block the introduction of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 in the House, demanding for a discussion on it first.

Sripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for the Ayush, introduced the Bill in the Lok Sabha after the Opposition's move was defeated by voice votes.

The Bill seeks to conglomerate the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences by establishing them as one institution and confer the status of Institution of National Importance on it. The proposed institution will be named as the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda.

It also provides for subsuming the Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy Education and Research into the proposed institute and establish it as a department of Swasthvritta.

Opposing introduction of the Bill, Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Saugata Roy questioned as to why institutions were being set up in Gujarat.

Underlining that Kerala and West Bengal had “glorious Ayurvedic traditions”, he asked why the government was not considering conferring institution of national importance status to the institutions in the two states.

Such an institution should be set up either in Delhi, Kerala, Varanasi or West Bengal, the TMC member insisted.

Opposing the introduction of the Bill, Congress member Shashi Tharoor accused the government of being selective in choosing the institutions for grant of institute of national importance status. He said that Centre has overlooked a government Ayurveda college, set up in Thiruvananthapuram in 1889, demanding that introduction of the bill should not be allowed without full discussion.

Defending the Bill, Naik said he would look into the suggestions made by the members of the House. “Let the proposals come,” he said.

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