Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - May 23, 2018

Ministry of AYUSH

Enlighten about the Ministry

  • The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care.
  • Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

Round the year developments

  • All India Institute of Ayurveda Inaugurated by the Prime Minister at New Delhi
  • National AYUSH Mission(NAM) Extended for another Three Years with an Outlay of Rs. 2400 crore
  • First ever International Conference and Exhibition on AYUSH organised

National Ayurveda Day Celebration

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda, to the Nation on 2ndNational Ayurveda Day on 17th October, 2017.
  • The first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) is set up along the lines of AIIMS.
  • Organized the Ayurveda Conclave Vision 2022- Taking of Ayurveda Sector from $2.5 Billion to $ 8 Billion Industry.

International AROGYA 2017

  • Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Pharmexcil organized the ‘International AROGYA 2017’ – First Edition of International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness on the theme ‘Enhancing the export potential of AYUSH’

BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine

  • 1st Meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine in India was organised by the Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi, wherein delegations from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Republic of India, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Thailand along with the BIMSTEC Secretariat participated.

International Cooperation

  • Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)- Federal level MoU signed with 11 countries and Institute level MoUs signed with 24 Countries so far. 28 AYUSH Information Cells have been set up in 25 countries so far.
  • Three MoUs were signed by the Central Council for Research In Homoeopathy, an autonomous body under Ministry of AYUSH with

1. Scientific Society for Homoeopathy (WissHom), Germany for cooperation in the field of research and education in Homoeopathic Medicine
2. Federal University of Rio De Janerio- UFRJ for cooperation in the field of Research and Education.
3. Institute for the History of Medicine, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany for cooperation in the field of development of museum on AYUSH system and archives on homoeopathy.

  • The High Commission of India in Singapore organized a Symposium cum Seminar on the theme “Preventive Health Care and Immunity Betterment – The Ayurvedic Way” as a part of celebration of 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2017 in Singapore in collaboration with Ayurvedic Practitioners Association of Singapore (APAS).
  • Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) and Institute of Post Graduate Teaching & Research In Ayurveda (IPGTRA) have been redesignated as WHO Collaborative Centres in Traditional Medicine

National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)

  • NMPB in collaboration with Federation on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Stakeholders (FEDMAPS), New Delhi had organized an International Symposium on “National Policy Drafting of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of India”
  • In collaboration with Federation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Stakeholders (EFDMAPS), New Delhi, NMPB is sourcing the monthly Mandi price of 100 high demanded medicinal plants from 25 major herbal mandies of India.
  • These monthly prices will be published in ‘e-charak’ portal and website of NMPB for all the stakeholders.

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy

  • Publication and revision of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic Formularies/ Pharmacopoeia/ Codex and of such addenda or supplementary compendia

AYUSH Education Reforms

  • National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for all AYUSH Educational Institutions for admission of undergraduate Course through designated Authority.
  • For all system of AYUSH, minimum 50% marks should be obtained by the candidates to be eligible for admission in Under Graduate Course.
  • National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for all AYUSH Educational Institutions for admission of Post graduate Course / Exit Exam through designated Authority.
  • For all system of AYUSH, minimum 50% marks should be obtained by the candidates to qualify the test.
  • By assessing the percentage of qualifying students in PG NEET / Exit examination of a particular AYSUH Institution, the due benefits should be given to that particular college and the same will be incorporated in MSR of both ASU & H system.
  • Colleges shall be exempted from obtaining permission from Central Government for one year, if 70% of the students of the previous batch qualify the PG-NEET / Exit exam.
  • AYUSH National Teachers Eligibility Test shall be conducted for appointment of all teachers in AYUSH Institutions, and a unique verification code for such teachers shall be allotted by CCH / CCIM before their appointment.

International Conference on Unani Medicine

  • Inauguration of the two-day International conference on Unani Medicine on 10th February, 2018 at New Delhi.
  • This year is special for Unani fraternity as it is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan. To mark this day, the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), under the Ministry of AYUSH is organizing a two-day International Conference on Unani Medicine as part of celebration of Unani Day.
  • The theme of the conference is Integration of Unani System of Medicine in main stream healthcare.
  • The birthday of great Unani researcher Hakim Ajmal Khan i.e. 11th February is celebrated as Unani Day. Hakim Ajmal Khan was an eminent Indian Unani physician who was versatile genius, freedom fighter, educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani Medicine.

Central Research Institute (CRI)

  • Foundation stone for Central Research Institute (CRI) in Jaipur on 22nd January 2018.
  • This will be the third CRI under the aegis of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous body of Ministry of AYUSH for undertaking scientific research in Homoeopathy, with 23 institutes across the country.
  • The institute is also contributing to the Swasthya Rakshan Program at five adopted villages i.e. Chharsa, Kumbhawas, Sakatpura, Khoraladkhani, Hanutpura. Under National Health Mission

National Medicinal Plants Board

  • The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday approved the setting up of a regional-cum-facilitation centre of the National Medicinal Plants Board of the Ministry of Ayush in the state at an outlay of Rs 748.30 lakh.
  • The centre will be set up in Jogindernagar town in Mandi district
  • The aim of the centre is to provide inputs for conservation, cultivation, technology upgradation, sale of medicinal plants, training and research, and development of region-specific planting material.

Ayush -64 and Ayush - 82

  • National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), an Enterprise of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi and M/s Dabur India Ltd., New Delhi have entered into License Agreements for commercialization of Ayush-64, an ayurvedic formulation for treatment of Malaria and Ayush-82, an ayurvedic Formulation for management of Diabetes both developed by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi, an Autonomous body of the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy).

Sources – PIB, Ministry of Ayush.