Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday announced a series of major initiatives at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
During his visit to the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR) at Pasighat, Sonowal announced an investment of Rs 53.72 crores to develop new infrastructure within the campus.
He said a new Ayurveda College will be set up inside the NEIAFMR campus at Pasighat which would have an intake of 60 beds.
The Ayurveda hospital will also open employment opportunities for 86 posts in addition to the existing capacity. An academic block, a boy's hostel, a girl's hostel, sports complex, etc are also being planned to be constructed in the near future.
Speaking to the media, Sonowal said, "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 the Vedic era that mother nature has bestowed upon us. I am happy to announce the establishment of a 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."
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- Sarbananda Sonowal.Elucidating about the future plans for the propagation of AYUSH sector in the Northeast region, Sonowal added, "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 North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM), Pasighat, which is renamed as North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research is an autonomous National Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
The establishment of the Institute, spread over an area of 40 acres, was approved by the Union Cabinet on 21st February 2008.
This pioneer institution was established with a goal to strengthen and develop traditional healthcare practices and for the benefit of the nation, with a special focus on the North-Eastern region.
The Institute aims to introduce the Ayurvedic system of medicine in the North Eastern Region of India, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh.