Prime Minister Narendra Modi is appealing to the private sector to channel some of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds towards the development of yoga and Ayurveda. The Bharatiya Janata Party is working towards promoting alternative systems of medicine foreseeing a three-fold increase in Ayurveda facilities in the next five years, if the private sector does its part.
Speaking on the occasion of inaugurating the first All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in New Delhi, Modi asserted that nations cannot progress unless they value and cherish their history and heritage. He plans on establishing an Ayurveda hospital in every district.
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AIIA has been set up along the lines making an ayurvedic version of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
The Delhi campus was built on a budget of Rs 157 crore covering an area of 10.015 acres
AIIA comes under the AYUSH ministry, which is the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. It is aimed at bringing synergy and better research between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology
PM Modi also released the “Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines” developed by the AYUSH ministry during the inauguration
The AYUSH ministry has opened AYUSH information cells in 29 countries to make it easy for people to contact in case they needed any information or clarifications.
What PM Modi said
“It is necessary to expand and revive Ayurveda. We have witnessed the IT revolution in last 30 years. Now, the time has come for health revolution under the aegis of Ayurveda. More than 65 AYUSH hospitals have been developed in the last three years,” said Modi.
“We respect all healthcare systems and want the growth of all and the poor should get access to healthcare systems. Ayurveda can play an important role in this. We need to revisit the existing Ayurveda education structure and certificates after every level of Ayurveda education should be given. The supporting chains of ayurveda must also be developed,” he added.
“Those nations who leave their heritage behind, are destined to lose their identity. When India was not independent, its knowledge, and its traditions such as yoga and Ayurveda were belittled,” he concluded.