Parliament passes Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020  

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

With the Rajya Sabha approving the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, Parliament passed it on Wednesday.

The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill that seeks to establish an Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda and declare it an Institute of National importance.

The bill merges three Ayurveda institutes situated in Jamnagar, Gujarat into one. The institutes are, the Institute of Post-Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shri Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences. The proposed Institute will be situated in the campus of Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

Replying to the discussion on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, the government is committed to promote the ancient medicine system including Ayurveda.

He said the Ayush Ministry has initiated the process to give deemed university status to all its national institutes. Responding to questions by members as to why the Jamnagar Institute was selected for making an institute of national importance, the Minister said, it has been chosen in an objective manner as the Jamnagar institutes are oldest Ayurveda institutes.

Participating in the discussion, TMC MP Dr Santunu Sen said the bill contradicts the New Education Policy. Prof. Ramgopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party demanded more Central provide to states to ensure better availability of medicines in the hospitals.

M. Shanmugam of DMK wanted to know the parameters to give the status of national importance to the institute. M. Thambi Durai of AIADMK sought status of national importance for the National Institute of Siddha in Tamil Nadu. K.K. Ragesh of CPI (M) made a case for an institute of national importance in Ayurveda in Kerala.

While supporting the bill, Prashant Nanda of BJD said the world is looking towards India for quality education in Ayurveda. Dr K Keshava Rao of the TRS, Vijayasai Reddy of the YSR Congress, Manoj Jha of the RJD, Veer Singh of the BSP also took part in the discussion.

(PTI)