All India Institute of Ayurveda comes under All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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All India Institute of Ayurveda comes under All India Institute of Medical Sciences

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of an All India Institute of Ayurveda here on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

It will focus on fundamental research, drug safety evaluation, standardisation, quality control, and scientific validation of Ayurvedic medicines. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The institute will offer post-graduate and doctoral teaching and have a 200-bed research and referral hospital to facilitate clinical research. It would be initially set up as an autonomous registered body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the objective of raising it to the status of deemed university in 10 years. The project is scheduled to be completed within the 11th Plan period. The hospital will be operational within three years. Research and development activities and academic programmes would be developed later.

The top priority of the institute would be to develop quality standards and safety data on Ayurvedic drugs. It will generate standard treatment protocols and remedies for the management of national and global health problems for which conventional medicine do not offer satisfactory solutions.

The institute will collaborate with institutions engaged in education and research in diverse systems of traditional medicines in countries such as Japan and South Korea. It will also interact with institutes in developed countries.

At present there are two post-graduate institutes on Ayurveda under the control of the Union government – the National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, and the Institute of Post Graduate Training and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar.

The Cabinet also approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Railway Ministry and the French National Railways during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, which begins on Friday.

Union Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said clearance was also given for setting up data centres in all States and Union Territories. It will enable them to set up highly reliable, shared and secure infrastructure to host State level e-governance applications to deliver government to government, government to citizen and government to business services electronically.

The scheme will be implemented within one year from the date of approval of individual State centres.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also met on Thursday and decided to continue the consumer awareness campaign through print, electronic, outdoor and other media across the country during the 11th Plan period.