News Excerpt
The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 has been passed by Rajya Sabha. The Bill was earlier passed in Lok Sabha on 19th March, 2020.

Pre-Connect
•    It paves the way to establish a state-of-the-art Ayurvedic institution called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar, Gujarat, and to confer the status of Institution of National Importance (INI) to it.
•    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 deciding course content and pedagogy.

Highlights
    The ITRA is sought to be established by conglomerating the presently existing Gujarat Ayurveda University campus, Jamnagar. This is a cluster of highly reputed institutions, as follows:
o    Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda
o    Shree GulabKunverbaAyurveda Mahavidyalaya
o    Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences
o    MaharshiPatanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research
    These institutions had come up over the past many decades, and together made a unique family of Ayurveda institutions existing in close proximity.
    Among the above, Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research, will be formed part of the Department of Swasthvritta of the proposed ITRA.

Analytica
    It is expected that the enactment of the proposal will further provide autonomy to the institute to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ayurveda and Pharmacy.
    The synergies among the different constituent institutions will help ITRA to demonstrate high standards of such education and to emerge as a lighthouse institution to the entire AYUSH Sector.
    It is expected to provide the highest level of training of personnel in all important branches of Ayurveda including Pharmacy, and to take up in-depth study and research in the field of Ayurveda.

Conclusion
The decision to establish a state-of-the-art Ayurvedic institution and to confer it the status of Institution of National Importance, 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.

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Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, DirectorateGeneral of Health Services, National Health Policy, National Health Portal