NEW DELHI: The RajyaSabha passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to merge three Ayurveda institutes into one institution — Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda. The Bill declares the institute to be an institution of national importance.
The Bill was moved by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in the absence of Ayush Minister SripadNaik, who is recovering from COVID-19.
Harsh Vardhan said, "The ministry is giving deemed university status to the institutes in various parts of the country and the matter is referred to the UGC and Education Ministry." The Minister said that there are 103 institutes of national importance, but there was none in Ayurveda. He said the Jamnagar institute has been chosen because this is one of the oldest institutes of the country founded by the Government of India in 1956.
Many MPs from the TRS, Bodoland People's Front, AIADMK, CPM, BSP and others demanded similar institutes in other states also. The Chairman, M. Venkiah Naidu, said, "The minister should take into consideration the demand of such institutes in every state."
Congress leader L. Hanumanthiah raised objections during the discussion. He said, "Why Gujarat is given so much importance and Kerala should also be given prominence, which is a pioneer of the Ayurveda."
While Thambidurai AIADMK member supported the Bill, he demanded a National Institute of Siddha in Tamil Nadu.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal raised the issue of mental health and said House the mental counselling is needed in COVID times. RJD MP ManojJha demanded a regulator for the Ayurvedic medicines so that no misuse takes place. He cited the claims made by Ramdev that he has made medicine for COVID-19. (IANS)
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