Govt to set up All India Institute of Ayurveda in Goa

AIIA_All_India_Institute_of_AyurvedaThe Maharashtra government will be setting up an All India Institute of Ayurveda on the Konkan coastline that would give thrust to research and education in Ayurveda. Besides the centrally-run institution, the government is even looking to set up a special Panchakarma centre in the vicinity for attracting tourists.

The government is keen on the location due to closeness to Goa, a location which is home to a large number of tourists every year. Sidhudurg district is being looked at as a possible site but other sites may also be considered.

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Other than this, the newly formed ministry AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) may also set up an All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi. The institution would be an apex institution for Ayurveda similar to AIIMS for medicine. The government is eager to promote Yoga and indigenous systems of medicine.

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A senior state government official opined that the state government has plans for getting an All India Institute of Ayurveda in Maharashtra which would be an apex body for education and will offer under-graduate, post-graduate and doctoral courses. The person added that it would have a training centre along with an attached drug standardisation facility.

The state government would be providing land to the centre and institutions would be by the central government. Facilities such as Ayurvedic massages as well as other treatments would be given at cheaper rates than the ones provided in Goa and Kerala.

Another official added that the institute would need around 50 acres of land with 25 acres additionally being used for the state government's panchakarma facility.

Research is considered to be a main function of the institute but it would be attracting many tourists due to renewed interest in Ayurveda abroad.

Currently, Maharashtra has four government-run ayurveda colleges at Mumbai, Nanded, Osmanabad and Nagpur, and gives grant-in-aid to 16 private Ayurveda colleges. Even though it gives grants to three Unani colleges in Mumbai, Malegaon and Pune, the state government has no Unani or Homeopathy colleges of its own.

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