The government through its research organisations, including CCRAS has launched a programme to integrate Ayurveda with the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS).
In a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha, , Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said the Government has set-up the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) an autonomous organisation, with the mandate to undertake research in ayurvedic system of medicines and practice.
The institutes under CCRAS are also engaged in extending health care services and research on life-style and non communicable diseases. The Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Cancer (CARIC) in Worli, Mumbai, especially, is carrying out some pioneering work in this area.
The major objective of the programme is prevention and early diagnosis of these diseases, reducing complications, and reducing drug dependency through these systems. It also aims towards capacity building for human resource development.