PM Narendra Modi today inaugurated the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in Delhi. The Prime Minister has also dedicated it to the nation on occasion of Second Ayurveda Day. AIIA is modelled on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Set up as an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, the AIIA will bring in the synergy between traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH, was quoted as saying by PTI. Notably, the All India Institute of Ayurveda, set up on a total area of 10.015 acres on a budget of Rs 157 crore, is the first medical institute under the AYUSH ministry to hold the coveted National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) accreditation. “In a short time, the AIIA has gained wide national and international recognition. It has started working towards facilitating quality patient care and research, bridging gaps in scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of Ayurveda products, and developing benchmarks of Ayurvedic education, research and healthcare,” Naik said.
The Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines developed by the ministry have also been released at the inaugural function. Nearly 1,500 participants from across the country are expected to be a part of the program.
The present clinical specialities of hospital block include neurological and degenerative disease care unit, rheumatology and musculoskeletal care unit, diabetes and metabolic/allergic disorders care unit, Yoga, Panchakarma clinic, Kriya Kalpa, diabetic retinopathy clinic and infertility clinic. It also has pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories and diagnosis facilities.
Naik had said post-graduate programme (MD/MS) in Ayurveda at AIIA started from the academic session 2016-17 and the PhD courses have been started for the session 2017-18.
The Ministry of AYUSH has requested all the state governments, Ayurveda teaching institutions, associations of Ayurveda practitioners and Ayurveda drug industries among others in India and abroad to observe ‘Ayurveda Day’ on October 17 and undertake various activities like organising public lectures, seminars, exhibition and radio talks.