Five things to know about India’s first Ayurveda Institute

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), modelled on the lines of AIIMS, in the national capital.

India is celebrating October 17 as National Ayurveda Day this year.

According to Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH, AIIA set up as an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH will bring in the synergy between traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.

Here are some key facts about India’s first Ayurveda Institute:

  • The institute, 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.
  • 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.
  • The institute has a 200-bed referral hospital for facilitating clinical research. Currently, the AIIA’s hospital block provides out patient services and medicines are being given free of cost.
  • AIIA started the post-graduate programme (MD/MS) in Ayurveda from the academic session 2016-17. The PhD courses have been started for the session 2017-18.
  • The institute, which has gained wide national and international recognition in a short time, 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.

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