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Ayush Ministry and CSIR come together to boast research in herbal drugs

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New Delhi: In a recent development, Union Ministry of Ayush and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have joined hands for cooperation in research and education in areas of herbal drugs and its integration with modern science for their wider acceptance.
The MoU was signed by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Ayush Secretary and Dr Shekhar C Mande, Director General, CSIR in the presence of senior officials.
“There is a need of multipronged and innovative approaches for the acceptance of this science,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha. He further said that the combination of traditional healthcare and modern basic science has a huge possibility to do innovative and path-breaking researches which can be used for the explanation of various basic concepts.
Dr Mande pointed out that enhancing the collaboration through joint R&D efforts ranging from fundamental science to validation and thereafter product development, will significantly help in the growth of the Indian contributions to this important sector, not only nationally but internationally as well. Futuristic efforts of this inter-ministerial cooperation shayush csir - Ayush Ministry and CSIR come together to boast research in herbal drugsall include pursuit of data mining ;analytics and artificial intelligence to enable and facilitate concepts such as Traditional knowledge inspired drug discovery and development; and Food as Medicine.
The stress will be given on to pursue R&D covering fundamental research; ayush specific diagnostic tools; linking micro-biome, gene expression and prakriti; multi-ingredient herbal formulations, including their standardisation; exploring modern scientific methods for integration with traditional drugs and linking disease signatures among others.

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