AYUSH to focus on quality medical education: Azad

Hyderabad: The Department of AYUSH intends to put in concerted efforts to streamline the quality of education during the 12th plan with the objective of imparting high quality training and achieving clinical excellence in all the traditional systems in the country, according to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday.

Inaugurating the national ‘Arogya’ fair- an exhibition intended for showcasing the strength efficacy and affordability of Ayush system of Medicine, he said that the broad policy support extended by the Government had encouraged the organized development of the Indian systems of Medicine and homeopathy, based on their inherent merits and strengths.

The Government recognized “Sowa-rigpa” system of medicine which was practiced in the sub Himalayana region of the country, thereby expanding the ambit of Ayush family. Quoting the reports of a national survey conducted by the national health system resource centre, he said that the use of AYUSH and the local health traditions remained the main stay of the health care in the rural areas in the country.

The patience attendance in the PHCs, community health centre and the district hospital had go up in the last three to four years after mainstreaming the Ayush strategy with the National Rural Health Mission.

Calling for steps to encourage research by sharing the experiences between the practitioners and the academia, he said that India had well established traditional systems, strong professional bodies, journals publishing contemporary knowledge and information. It is important that the research community in indigenous systems to put in more efforts towards translational research so that the research outcomes could be made available to the stakeholders.

It is a matter of pride that India had as many as 504 AYUSH educational institutions including 111 post graduate colleges, where about 27000 students are admitted annually. “We have largest number of traditional and alternative teaching institutions. More and more foreign students were also coming to India for studying Ayurveda and Yoga, reflecting the increased global interest towards Ayush.

The interest was also apparent in signing MoUs for bilateral cooperation in the areas of conventional medicine and setting up Ayurveda chairs and Ayush information Centres in various countries such as south Africa, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Minister for Health, D L Ravindra Reddy, the Minister for Medical Education, Kondru Murali Mohan, the Minister for Transport Botcha satyanarayana and the Minister for labour and employment Danam Nagendra were also present.[Source]

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