New Delhi, Mar 19: A Bill which seeks to declare the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, as an Institution of National Importance, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Replying to the debate on the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said the Bill provides for conglomerating the cluster of Ayurveda institutes at Gujarat Ayurveda University Campus Jamnagar - Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shri Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences, including the Pharmacy Unit.
To the Members' demand of opening such an institute of national importance in Kerala, which was a hub of Ayurveda, Mr Naik said he never discriminated against any state. He assured the Members that such Institutions of National Importance will be opened in every state and the next such institute will be set up in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram.
The draft law also provides for subsuming the Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy Education and Research into the Department of Swasthvritta of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, the Minister said. As many as 34 Members participated in the almost three-hour debate, and all supported the Bill. Mr Naik said as many 27 out of around 140 companies have started giving insurance for Ayurveda treatment. The Jamnagar Institute in Gujarat will also promote and advertise Ayurveda treatment, he said, adding that students from 43 countries come here to receive education.
Naik said the cost of treatment will be reduced and proper treatment will be accessible to everybody. For this, the institute to be built in Jamnagar, will play a big role. The institute will be equipped with advanced facilities for teaching and training in every genre of Ayurveda, he said, adding that there were many reasons for choosing the institute in Jamnagar, which include lots of research work being carried out in the three institutions and other facilities.(UNI)