The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday announced a slew of major initiatives for AYUSH promotion in Arunachal Pradesh in Pasighat.
This move is in continuation with the effort to grow the AYUSH sector in the entire northeast.
Addressing the event, the minister announced an investment of Rs 53.72 crores to develop new infrastructure at the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR) in Pasighat.
According to reports, a new Ayurveda College with a student intake of 30 and a 60 bedded Ayurveda hospital will be built inside the NEIAFMR campus at Pasighat, which will add 86 direct employments to the existing capacity.
An academic block, a boys’ hostel, a girls’ hostel, a sports complex, and other facilities will also be reportedly constructed in the near future.
During the event, Sonowal said, “Folk medicine is the mixture of traditional healing practices and beliefs. In the Northeast, we have a strong culture of folk medicine which have not been preserved in a scientific way. We are now striving towards preserving as well as enriching this wonderful gift of medicine from Vedic era that mother nature has bestowed upon us. I am happy to announce the establishment of new Ayurveda college along with a hospital here. This is going to further strengthen our effort through NEIAFMR to preserve and further the rich traditional knowledge.”
He also explained the future plans for the propagation of AYUSH sector in the Northeast region and added, “Apart from strengthening our Ayurveda colleges in the region, a few other important institutes like Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) & Museum, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), State of Art Panchakarma Treatment & Research Centre, and Paramedical Teaching Centre are planned to be set up in the region in due course.”
The North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM), Pasighat, which is renamed as North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research is an autonomous National Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
The establishment of the Institute, spread over an area of 40 acres, was approved by the Union Cabinet on February 21, 2008.