|September 19, 2012|
Academic Chairs to be set up in foreign countries for popularisation of Ayush
New Delhi: The Department of AYUSH under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has re-defined its strategy for international co-operation. Several steps have been taken by the department in this regard recently. However, there are several impediments in popularizing AYUSH in foreign countries. These are - absence of regulatory provisions, lack of authentic
knowledge about AYUSH systems and doubts about the safety of the drugs. To remove these impediments, in addition to taking part as in seminars and conferences abroad,
the Department is now engaging with other countries in a more structured and concrete
manner by entering into MoUs for cooperation in Traditional Medicine as well as
for setting up of Academic Chairs in educational institutions abroad. Thus as
compared to the previous years where only one MoU had been signed with China in
2008, MoUs on Traditional Medicines have been entered into with Malaysia and Trinidad
& Tobago in the recent past. MoU with Nepal is currently under Government's consideration.
Furthermore, MoU with Serbia is also in the pipeline. Academic Chairs have been
already set up in South Africa. In addition to this, Chairs are being set up
in Germany and Trinidad & Tobago. Chairs will also be set up in Nepal and Sri Lanka after the MoUs have been signed.
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