New Delhi (NVI): On the occasion of 5th Ayurveda Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions to the nation. He inaugurated both institutions via video conferencing.
He inaugurated Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar, Gujarat, and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The former has been conferred the status of an Institution of National Importance (INI) by an Act of the Parliament, and the latter is an Institution Deemed to be University by the University Grants Commission.
The Ministry of AYUSH, since 2016, has been observing ‘Ayurveda Day’ every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras).
During the inauguration ceremony, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri Shripad Naik, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot, Governor of Rajasthan Shri Kalraj Mishra, Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said that Ayurveda is an Indian heritage and it is a matter of happiness that India’s traditional knowledge is enriching other countries also. He stressed on the need to bring the ayurveda knowledge out of books, scriptures and home remedies and develop this ancient knowledge as per modern needs.
The PM remarked that new research is being done in the country by combining the information received from the modern science of the 21st century with our ancient medical knowledge.
Congratulating the two institutes for their upgradation, the Prime Minister pointed out that they have more responsibility now and hoped that they will prepare Ayurveda syllabus which meets the international standard. He also called upon the Education Ministry and UGC to find new avenues in disciplines like Ayurveda Physics and Ayurveda Chemistry.
He also called upon the startups and private sector to study the global trends and demands and ensure their participation in the sector.
Furthermore, Director-General of World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also gave a video message on the occasion and praised the Prime Minister’s commitment to the universal coverage under Ayushman Bharat and evidence-based promotion of traditional medicines to achieve health-related objectives.
The Prime Minister thanked WHO and the DG for choosing India for the Global Centre of Traditional medicine.