Maharashtra may soon get an All India Institute of Ayurveda on the Konkan coastline providing necessary boost for research and education in Ayurveda. Apart from the centrally-run institution, the Maharashtra government is also planning to set up a special Panchakarma centre near it to attract tourists, including international visitors.

The government is eager to locate the facility in the Konkan considering the connectivity to Goa, where a large number of foreign tourists flock to, availability of medicinal plants in the Western Ghats region and access to airports and railheads and urban centres like Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. A location in Sindhudurg district is being considered for the project though other sites in the area may also be evaluated and selected based on its feasibility.

The government of India’s ministry for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) is also starting an All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi, which will be a referral hospital and impart education. This has been proposed as an apex institution for Ayurveda on lines of the prestigious AIIMS. National AYUSH Mission (NAM) has been launched to promote these systems.

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