The RGCB (Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology) will set up the National Centre for Excellence for Ayurveda Inspired Discovery that will lead research into efficacy mechanisms involved in ayurvedic therapeutics. It has also proposed two sister campuses, an ‘ayurvedic clinical research centre’ in Konni and a ‘high altitude discovery centre’ in Munnar in Kerala. The central government will extend financial support to set up a new ayurvedic clinical research centre in Kerala to help scientifically validate traditional systems of healing.
Kerala’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare V.S. Sivakumar promised to provide approximately 50 acres of land for the project. The set-up in Kerala, including training and delivery system in both the public and private sectors, is of a very high standard. The industry, which is worth Rs.1,000 crore annually, aims to grow five-fold by 2020.
The National Arogya 2015, an initiative of the World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF) in partnership with the RGCB, is proposed to be held April 23-26, at the end of a month-long ayurveda festival that will bring together practitioners, policy makers, manufacturers, research and development institutes, students and members of the public to widen the global reach of Indian traditional medicine. The proposed expo will have more than 400 exhibition stalls, scientific sessions, free AYUSH clinics, live yoga demonstrations, ayurvedic food festival and cooking classes.
Among the objectives of the Centre of Excellence will be analysis of ayurvedic therapeutics for treatment response and their effect on patho-physiological processes and developing uniform protocols, compositions and components. The project will also include a research centre to study medicinal plant conservation, metabolic engineering to improve active plant components and a discovery programme looking for therapeutically significant molecules and compounds. Leading bio-medical companies such as central public sector enterprise HLL Lifecare Ltd. and other ayurveda companies and organisations are expected to be partners in the project.