Guwahati: Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal announced a slew of major initiatives for promotion of AYUSH in Arunachal Pradesh at Pasighat on Saturday.

This is in continuation to the focused approach to develop the AYUSH sector in the entire Northeast.

Speaking at the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR) at Pasighat, Sonowal announced an investment of Rs 53.72 crore to develop new infrastructure within the campus.

A new Ayurveda College with a student intake of 30 as well as a 60-bedded Ayurveda hospital will be set up inside the NEIAFMR campus at Pasighat, bringing a direct employment of 86 posts in addition to the existing capacity.

An academic block, a boys hostel, a girls hostel, sports complex, etc., are also being planned to be constructed in the near future.

“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,” Sonowal said.

Elucidating about the future plans for propagation of AYUSH sector in the Northeast, Sonowal further said, “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 NEIFM, Pasighat, which is renamed North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research is an autonomous national institute under the ministry of AYUSH.

The establishment of the institute, spread over 40 acres, was approved by the Union cabinet on February 21, 2008. NEIAFMR has been established with the goal to strengthen and develop traditional healthcare practices and for the benefit of the nation, with special focus on Northeast.

The institute intends to introduce Ayurveda system of medicine in Northeast in general and in Arunachal Pradesh in particular, document and assess local health traditions, healing knowledge, drugs and therapeutic product development based on traditional knowledge.

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