The Parliament has passed a bill to provide the status of an Institution of National Importance to a Jamnagar-based cluster of Ayurveda Institutes in the state. The bill - ‘The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was already approved by the Lok Sabha in the last session in which three Jamnagar, Gujarat-based institutes which include the Institute of Postgraduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulankunweba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences will be a conglomerated.
Rs. 4000 Crore Project
Union Health Minister Harsh Varshan expressed his appreciation for Ayurveda and its usefulness for the society and also for strengthening the healthcare systems of the world. He stated that Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine in the country with much of the traditional wisdom attached adding that under the Atmanirbhar Bharat the government has approved Rs. 4000 Crore for the cultivation of medicinal plants and supporting the farmers.
Jamnagar Institute chosen in the most objective manner
He further stated that the selection of the Jamnagar Institute was not arbitrary but chosen in the most objective manner being one of the oldest institutes under the category established in 1956. It was also the oldest collaborating centre with WHO in Ayurveda and has imparted training to students from 65 countries in 20 years adding that the institute has inked 30 pacts with different countries in the last 20 years.
The proposed institute will have a 15 member committee including the Minister of Ayush, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare of the Gujarat Government along with three MPs in which two will be from Lok Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha.