PM Modi inaugurates Ayurveda research and teaching institute – education


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday committed to the nation an Ayurveda teaching and research institute here in Gujarat that will offer a range of courses and forge inter-disciplinary collaborations to give a modern thrust to the ancient medicine system.

The newly formed Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), which the PM inaugurated through video conferencing, has been accorded the status of an “institution of national importance” (INI).

ITRA, situated in the Gujarat Ayurveda University campus in Jamnagar city, was once created through an Act of Parliament recently.

It was once formed by merging a cluster of four Ayurveda institutes at the university campus.

These four institutes were – the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulab Kunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences and Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education and Research.

In September, Parliament had passed a Invoice for creation of ITRA and conferred it the status of an “institution of national importance”.

ITRA is the first institute to enjoy this status in the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) sector, said a release by the PIB.

“ITRA would be the first institution with INI status in the AYUSH sector, and this will enable the institution to be independent and innovative in the matter of deciding class lesson satisfied and pedagogy,” said the release.

“The decision comes at a time when global interest in health solutions based on traditional wisdom is at an unprecedentedly high level and ITRA is poised to take Ayurveda education to new vistas,” it added.

A release by the Ministry of AYUSH stated that ITRA will have autonomy to upgrade standards of Ayurveda education.

“It’ll offer courses as per national and international demand and forge inter-disciplinary collaborations to give a modern thrust to Ayurveda,” said the release.

The Gujarat Ayurveda University was once established in 1967 by an Act of the state Meeting.

It’s the first statutory University of its type both at national and international level – exclusively devoted to Ayurvedic studies and research, said a release by the state government.

“This university is an autonomous organisation fully financed by the Gujarat government.

“The university looks after the management of the institutes and colleges situated in the campus together with conducting examinations of degrees/diplomas awarded by the university,” it added.

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