| New Delhi |
September 17, 2020 2:12:40 am
Rajya Sabha on Wednesday handed a Bill to accord the status of nationwide significance to a Jamnagar-based cluster of Ayurveda institutes. The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, was handed by a voice vote.
Lok Sabha had authorized the Bill within the final session, by which three Jamnagar -based institutes — Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences, are to be conglomerated. While not opposing the Bill, the Opposition requested why Ayurvedic establishments in Gujarat had been chosen particularly, when a number of different Ayurvedic institutes of renown, notably in Kerala, existed.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan replied that the collection of the Jamnagar institutes was not “biased” and that it was chosen because it is likely one of the oldest institutes underneath the class, established in 1956.
“There are 103 institutions of national importance in the country but not even one Ayurveda institute. Not only is this the oldest institute, but the only one which is collaborating with the WHO. In the past 20 years, it has imparted training to students from 65 different countries and has signed MoUs with 30 different countries. It is probably the number one institute deserving this status. When the other institutes in the country upgrade their research standards, they will also be considered,” the minister stated.
The proposed institute would have a 15-member committee, together with the AYUSH Minister, AYUSH Secretary and the Gujarat Health and Family Welfare Secretary, together with three MPs — two from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha.
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