Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reportedly dedicate two Ayurveda institutions to the country today. On the 5th annual Ayurveda Day, the Honourable Prime Minister will dedicate the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur to the nation. This year, the focus of Ayurveda Day, as per reports, will be on the potential role of the medical discipline in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Two Institutes to be Dedicated
NIA Jaipur is the apex Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH was established on 7th February 1976 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. NIA acts as a model Institute that promotes the growth and development of Ayurveda for evolving high standards of teaching, training, research and patient care along with invoking scientific outlook to the knowledge of Ayurvedic System of Medicine. On the other hand, ITRA, Jamnagar, has recently been created through an Act of Parliament and is hopeful of emerging as a world-class healthcare institution. Both the Institutes selected for the dedication are premier institutions of Ayurveda in the country. NIA, Jaipur and ITRA, Jamnagar are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st Century.
Significance of the Dedication
The dedication of these institutes by the PM to the nation is a historic step. It will not only bring about modernization of Ayurveda education but also contribute in the evolution of traditional medicine itself. The dedication will provide the institutes with the autonomy to upgrade the standard of Ayurveda education. The institutes will be able to frame various courses as per emerging national and international demand. The Government of India is prioritising the utilisation of the immense untapped potential of AYUSH systems in healthcare that will provide effective and affordable solutions for challenges in the public health sector.