Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an Ayurveda research and training institute in Gujarat today that will offer a range of courses and forge interdisciplinary collaborations to give a contemporary thrust to the ancient medicine system.
PM Modi inaugurated the newly formed Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) through video conferencing today in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The newly formed institute has been deemed an ‘institute of national importance’.
ITRA, which was formed by merging a cluster of four Ayurveda institutes at the university campus, is situated in the Gujarat Ayurveda University campus in Jamnagar city and was created through an Act of Parliament recently.
These four institutes were - the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulab Kunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education and Research.
First AYUSH institute to have IMI status
According to a release by PIB, ITRA is the first institute to enjoy the INI status in the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) sector. In September, Parliament had passed a bill for the creation of ITRA and conferred it the status of an "institution of national importance".
"ITRA will be the first institution with INI status in the AYUSH sector, and this will enable the institution to be independent and innovative in the matter of deciding course content and pedagogy," said the release.
"The decision comes at a time when global interest in health solutions based on traditional wisdom is at an unprecedentedly high level and ITRA is poised to take Ayurveda education to new vistas," it added, as per PTI reports.
ITRA exclusively devoted to Ayurveda studies
ITRA will have the autonomy to upgrade standards of Ayurveda education, according to a release by the Ministry of AYUSH. It stated, “It will offer courses as per national and international demand and forge interdisciplinary collaborations to give a contemporary thrust to Ayurveda.”
The release further added, “This University is an autonomous organisation fully financed by the Gujarat government. The university looks after the management of the institutes and colleges situated in the campus along with conducting examinations of degrees/diplomas awarded by the university.”
The Gujarat Ayurveda University was established in 1967 by an Act of the state Assembly. It is the first statutory University of its kind both at the national and international level - exclusively devoted to Ayurvedic studies and research, said a release by the state government.
(With PTI inputs)