IIT-Delhi and AYUSH Ministry join hands for Ayurveda research

New Delhi: The Ministry of AYUSH has proposed to upgrade the education quality and facilities in the field of Ayurveda by inviting technological expertise from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi.

The All India Institute of Ayurveda and IIT-Delhi are scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage further research in ancient Indian medicines. The MoU would be signed during a two-day conference ‘Raising Towards Excellence’ on July 17-18 at IIC, New Delhi.

Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar and AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik along with representatives from the National Institutes under AYUSH Ministry and IIT-Delhi would be present at the conference.

“AYUSH is working towards upgrading the facility and education in Ayurveda in PG/Research and healthcare. We need to translate the research available in India’s ancient wisdom and for that we need to bring doctors, engineers and management experts together,” said Dr Tanuja Nesari, Head, All Indian Institute of Ayurveda.

IIT-Delhi director Rampgopal Rao confirmed participation in the conference and the signing of the MoU. “Since we do not have a medical faculty, we are trying to connect with AIIMS and AYUSH in studying Ayurveda, especially through our physical engineering department,” he said.

“We can subject Ayurveda to scientific experiment. Ayurveda is based on experience. With IITs joining them, we can explore the scientific validation, which is missing. We are beginning by inviting one faculty from each side to collaborate for 10 such projects,” he added.

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