Union minister Sonowal announces initiatives for promotion of AUYSH in Arunachal

Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a slew of major initiatives for promotion of AYUSH in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Union minister for AYUSH, Ports, Shipping & Waterways visited the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR) at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on November 20.

Sarbananda Sonowal announced an investment of Rs 53.72 crore to develop new infrastructure within the campus in Pasighat. A new Ayurveda college with a student intake of 30 as well as a 60-bedded Ayurveda hospital will be set up inside the NEIAFMR campus at Pasighat bringing a direct employment of 86 posts in addition to the existing capacity.

These initiatives are in continuation to the focused approach to develop the AYUSH sector in the entire Northeast.

Sonowal also said that, an academic block, a boys hostel, a girls hostel, sports complex etc are also being planned to be constructed in the near future.

“Folk medicine is the mixture of traditional healing practices and beliefs. In Northeast, we have a strong culture of folk medicine which have not been preserved in a scientific way. We are now striving towards preserving as well as enriching this wonderful gift of medicine from Vedic era that mother nature has bestowed upon us. I am happy to announce the establishment of new Ayurveda college along with a hospital here. This is going to further strengthen our effort through NEIAFMR to preserve and further the rich traditional knowledge,” Sarbananda Sonowal said.

He also said that, apart from strengthening the Ayurveda colleges in the region, a few other important institutes like Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) & Museum, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), State of Art Panchakarma Treatment & Research Centre, and Paramedical Teaching Centre are planned to be set up in the region in due course.

The North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) at Pasighat, which was renamed as North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research is an autonomous National Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.

The establishment of the institute, spread over an area of 40 acres, was approved by the Union cabinet on February 21, 2008.

NEIAFMR has been established with the goal to strengthen and develop traditional healthcare practices and for the benefit of the nation, with special focus on Northeast region.

The institute intends to introduce Ayurveda system of medicine in Northeast region in general and in Arunachal Pradesh in particular besides document and assess local health traditions, healing knowledge, drugs therapeutic product development based on traditional knowledge, protection of traditional knowledge through ipr regime, support conservation and sustainable use of traditional practices, biodiversity, etc.

About Hemanta Kr Nath

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Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.

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