Ayush ministry signs deal for scientific validation of therapy, drugs

Scientists and researchers of both ministries of Ayush and DST join hands for promotion of evidence-based research and scientific intervention in the Ayush sector for public health care system

Scientific validation of Ayush therapy

New Delhi: The ministry of Ayush on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the department of science and technology (DST) to scientifically validate efficacy of traditional therapeutics and medicines in treatment of various types of diseases.

The MoU was by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, ministry of Ayush and Srivari Chandrasekhar, secretary, DST in presence of senior officials from the ministry and scientists of the department. The deal will help identify the potential areas of research to explore cooperation, convergence, and synergy for evidence-based scientific intervention in the Ayush sector and further application of these into the public health care system.

On this occasion, Kotecha, thanked DST for their commitment to work with the ministry of Ayush in development of new medicines and also and validation of mechanistic aspects of therapeutics.

Chandrasekhar said, “Traditional knowledge and modern science are joining hands especially in health sciences. When we bring scientist and medical practitioners of Ayush together, we are sure that we will come up with solutions, which will be available at affordable prices. I hope, this becomes one of the finest programmes in the country.”

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Through the MoU the ministry and the DST have agreed to jointly undertake research and development (R&D) activities on scientific validation of Ayush concepts, procedures and products, create a platform for the exchange of information and bring about the application of modern science toward understanding the Ayush-related basic concepts and principles, said a senior officer of the DST.

The ministry of Ayush would identify thrust areas involving Ayush-related systems that require understanding the basic concepts, procedures, development of newer tools, and so on in modern sciences. Meanwhile, DST, through the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), would coordinate the implementation of thrust areas through well-chartered plans and mutual concerted actions.

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Partnership with industry, R&D organizations (public/private), and government agencies /departments would be strongly encouraged. Further, the MoU will also focus on special calls for proposals under Ayush related R&D activities solicited from the individual or group of national scientists who are actively engaged in research and technology development in academic institutions, research organizations, governments agencies, and industries.

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