New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill that seeks merger of three Ayurveda institutes into one by establishing an Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda by declaring it as an Institution of National Importance.
If the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 gets the Rajya Sabha’s approval the status of Institution of National Importance will be given to the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, by conglomerating the cluster of Ayurveda Institutes at Gujarat Ayurveda University (GAU) campus, Jamnagar, Gujarat.
The Bill seeks merger of the Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences. The three institutes are based in Jamnagar.
The Bill states that the objective of the institute will be to develop patterns of teaching in medical education in Ayurveda and pharmacy, bring together educational facilities for training of personnel in all branches of Ayurveda and attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate education. The Lower House passed the Bill after over three hours debate in which various opposition MPs raised questions over why such an institute is being established in Gujarat only and urged the government to set up similar institutes in Kerala, West Bengal and Maharashtra as well. (IANS)