A cluster of Ayurveda Institutes in Jamnagar has been granted the status of ‘Institution of National Importance’. The Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill to accord the status to the institutes in Jamnagar.
The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha. The bill had got approval in Lok Sabha in the last session.
The status will be jointly applicable to Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences, all of which are in Jamnagar.
Why Jamnagar Ayurveda institute was chosen
As to why the institutes were given the tag, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Jamnagar was given the Institution of National Importance tag as it was one of the oldest institutes under the category, established in 1956.
He said the selection was not arbitrary and the institute has one of the oldest collaborating centres with WHO in the form of medicine.
“The institute has trained students from 65 countries and has inked 30 pacts with different countries in the last 20 years,” said Harsh Vardhan.
He said ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine and has traditional wisdom attached to it. He said the government has approved Rs 4000 crore for the cultivation of medicinal plants in the country.
The proposed institute will have a 15-member committee including the Minister of Ayush, Secretary of Ayush and Secretary of Health & Family Welfare of the Gujarat Government, three MPs – two from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha.
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