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India plans to set up International Ayur Research Institute


It is know that the government intends to set up an International Research Institute of Ayurveda and the institute will aim to promote research work linking Ayurveda with biotechnology.

By Team ABLE

In a news report filed in the Thiruvananthapuram edition of Indian Express, it is know that the government intends to and has laid down plans to set up an International Research Institute of Ayurveda (IRIA) with the Ayush Mission finalizing the data collected from reputed institutes across the country on various aspects such as administration, novel therapies and disease prevention. Ayush Mission has been entrusted with the project’s implementation.

The report says that three teams were constituted to look into the functioning of reputed institutes across the country and have almost completed their visits. According to Ayush Mission State Program Manager and coordinator of the teams, Dr M Subash, the final report will be submitted within three weeks.

The teams had visited 23 institutes across the country. IIT Roorkee, Indian Institute of Toxicology, CSIR National Botanical Research Institute, Central Drug Research Institute (Lucknow), All India Institute of Ayurveda (New Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Biotechnology, TGBRI, Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences (Thiruvananthapuram), Ayurveda University (Jamnagar), National Institute of Ayurveda (Jaipur), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Institute of Nutrition (both Hyderabad) and NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga (Bengaluru) were the government institutes they visited.

The team also visited Dabur Research Foundation, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Himalaya Research and Drug Development.

Dr Subash, while stating one of the focus areas is to integrate modern science with Ayurveda, said  the visit to IIT Roorkee, CSIR National Botanical Research Institute, and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology had given the lead for integrating biotechnology into Ayurveda.

One of the aims is to promote research work linking Ayurveda with biotechnology and to ensure global standards for ayurvedic medicines.
The visits to the various institutes were undertaken as the IRIA’s aim is to utilize science and technology to validate Ayurveda, he said. The experience provided by the visits will help to set up a comprehensive research institute.

The project, proposed to be implemented with financial assistance from the state and the Centre, is expected to cost Rs 300 crore. It is believed that the Kerala Government has already set aside Rs 50 lakh in the 2016-17 budget and Rs 5 crore in the 2017-18 budget for the initial works.