• 1st INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA celebrated, Two Guinness World Records achieved
  • Agreements signed with several countries for promoting Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy
  • Seven National Level Arogya Fairs organised this year to promote awareness & showcase developments in AYUSH Systems
  • Ministry of AYUSH receives ISO 9001:2008 Certificate for Quality Management System

The Ministry of AYUSH, in its 1st year of inception, made long strides in the direction of providing reliable and economic alternative healthcare facilities to the Indian masses.

The Department of AYUSH under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was upgraded to a full-fledged Ministry of AYUSH on 9th November, 2014 with an aim of stepping up education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and expanding the reach of these medical systems in public.

In a little more than one year, the Ministry has taken up a large number of programs to popularise AYUSH medical systems. During 2015, the first ever State Health/ AYUSH Ministers Meeting was organised. Memorandums of Understanding for international cooperation in the field of AYUSH were signed with many countries. Ministry of AYUSH through Ministry of Culture filed nomination to inscribe Yoga as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity under UNESCO. But the most glittering event of the year was the 1st International Day of Yoga Celebrations in which two Guinness World Records were achieved.

Following are the significant achievements and details of the important activities of ministry of AYUSH during the year 2015:

CELEBRATION OF 1st INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA:

The Ministry of AYUSH successfully celebrated 1st International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015 at Rajpath, New Delhi. Two Guinness World Records were achieved- the Largest Yoga Lesson involving 35,985 participants and Maximum number of Nationalities (84) participated in a single yoga lesson.

Two days’ International Conference on “Yoga for Holistic Health” was organised on 21st and 22nd June, 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, wherein, about 1300 delegates from India and abroad participated.

Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) extended financial assistance of Rs. 1.00 Lakh each to Government Organizations/NGOs in all the Districts of the country to conduct one month Yoga Camp as also for celebrations of International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015. For celebration of 1st International Day of Yoga in Delhi & NCR, free Yoga Camps were organized from 21.05.2015 to 21.06.2015 at 100 places by engaging Yoga Instructors. As per the information received from institutions, approx. 10 lakh people attended these Yoga programmes.

Outside India, the 1st International Day of Yoga was celebrated in all the Countries of the world (except war torn Yemen) by the Ministry of External Affairs in association with Ministry of AYUSH and various Yoga organizations.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS IN YOGA:

  • Ministry of AYUSH through Ministry of Culture has filed nomination to inscribe Yoga as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity under UNESCO.
  • For imparting Yoga Training to Uniformed Service Personnel, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), an autonomous body under this Ministry had started from 1st January, 2015 at its premises, a three and half  months duration course titled as ‘Certificate Course in Yoga Science’ for Para-Military Personnel.
  • A Central Sector Scheme titled as “Yoga Training for Police Personnel” formulated by the Ministry of AYUSH has been launched w.e.f. 1st April, 2015 in all the Districts of the Country.
  • Ministry of AYUSH has supported DoPT to start Yoga training programme for Central Government Employees and their family members in 40 Griha Kalyana Kendras across the Country. MDNIY has provided the Yoga instruction and technical support.
  • A Samarpan Dhyan Yoga Shivir was organized at the premises of MDNIY in association with Yoga Prabha Bharti (Sewa Sanstha) Trust, Mumbai from 27th April, 2015 to 04th May, 2015 exclusively for the Parliamentarians and their families. The Shivir was inaugurated by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha. The camp was attended by many Parliamentarians & their families, VIPs and Senior Officers of Government of India.
  • Quality Control of India, at the behest of Ministry of AYUSH, has developed a Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals. The focus of the scheme is to certify the competence of Yoga professionals providing Yoga lessons/classes as Teachers or by any other nomenclature.

Scope of Certification has been categorized as-

a) Level-1 – Yoga Teacher Certification

b) Level -2 – Yoga Master Certification

c) Level- 3 – Yoga Guru Certification.

The Level-1 Certification programme has been launched on 22nd June, 2015 on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

 

STATE HEALTH/AYUSH MINISTERS’ MEETING:

The Ministry of AYUSH convened the first ever State Health/AYUSH Ministers Meeting on 20th February 2015 for one full day at New Delhi, specifically focusing on various issues related to AYUSH sector including National AYUSH Mission. Ministers in charge of AYUSH/ Health from 10 State Govts./UTs took part in the meeting.

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, in his address emphasized upon the need to strengthen the quality of ASU & H drugs. He said that a focused thrust on growth, development and monitoring of AYUSH and improvement in quality of education is the need of the hour.

NATIONAL AYUSH MISSION:

The National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a turning point as it envisages better access to AYUSH services through increase in number of AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries, mainstreaming of AYUSH through co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), ensure availability of AYUSH drugs and trained manpower. It also aims at Improvement in quality of AYUSH Education through enhancement in the number of upgraded educational Institutions, sustained availability of Quality Raw materials and improved availability of quality Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs through increase in number of Pharmacies, setting up of Drug Laboratories in the States which are responsible for enforcement mechanism of AYUSH drugs.

Under the NAM, there is a sub-component of AYUSH Gram wherein one village per block is selected for adoption of method and practice of AYUSH way of life and interventions of health care. In AYUSH village, AYUSH based lifestyles are promoted.

After the Ministry of AYUSH was formed, Rs. 183.77 Crores has been released to 25 States/UTs against their submitted State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) under National AYUSH Mission for the year 2014-15. Further, expanding the National AYUSH Mission to more States/UTs during the year 2015-16, State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs) from 33 States/UTs has been approved by the Mission Directorate and Rs.165.27 Crores has been released to 18 States/UTs up to November, 2015.

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION:

  • For global promotion and popularization of AYUSH systems of Medicine and Yoga, several steps have been taken by the Ministry. In the 8th Ministerial Meeting of India-US Trade Policy Forum held on 25th November, 2014, the Joint statement on the Trade policy forum was issued, wherein the United States agreed to facilitate further engagement in this field between the experts of both countries. As a result of this, bilateral dialogue with US Embassy Officials was initiated in a structured manner.

The  Joint Statement was issued during the visit of President of USA to India from 25-27 January, 2015 ‘sanjha prayas- sabka vikas’, Shared Effort- Progress for All  addressed the issue of Traditional Medicine stating that the Prime Minister and the President agreed to expand the India-U.S. Health Initiative into a Healthcare Dialogue with relevant stakeholders to further strengthen bilateral collaboration in health sectors including through capacity building initiatives and by exploring new areas, including complementary and traditional medicine. The President and the Prime Minister pledged to encourage dialogue between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Indian counterparts on traditional medicine. The Leaders also pledged to strengthen collaboration, dialogue, and cooperation between the regulatory authorities of the two countries to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality of pharmaceuticals, including generic medicines.

An India-US Health Dialogue held in September, 2015 had a separate working group on AYUSH where it was agreed to collaborate in the area of Traditional medicine in a structured manner.

  • An India-Canada Joint Statement: “New Vigour, New Steps” was issued on 15th April, 2015 in which mentions that “In the interest of public health and recognizing the need to strengthen bilateral engagement and exchange information in the areas of safety, efficacy, and quality of therapeutic products, including cellular therapy products, as well as on traditional medicines, the Prime Ministers agreed to establish a dialogue between relevant federal departments of the two countries in order to facilitate cooperation”.
  • Unani Academic Chair established at the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa was extended for one year on the recommendation of University and Indian Mission at South Africa.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy was signed on 11thMarch, 2015 between the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Government of Mauritius.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy was signed on 17th May, 2015 between the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Government of Mongolia.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Yoga and Traditional Medicine was signed on 11th July 2015 between the Government India and the Government of Turkmenistan.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Research and Education in Homoeopathic Medicine was signed on 11th November, 2015 between the Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM).
  • A Letter of Intent for cooperation in the field of Ayurveda was signed on 9th April, 2015 between Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and University of Strasbourg, France.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of Academic Chair in Ayurveda was signed on 29thJune, 2015 between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Rangsit University, Thailand.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of Academic Chair in Ayurveda was signed on 4th November, 2015 between the Central Council for Research in AyurvedicSciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and UdayanaUniversity, Bali, Indonesia.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the visiting professor of Ayurveda was signed in November 2015 between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and University of Primorska, the Government of Slovenia.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH has set up an AYUSH Information Cell to disseminate authentic information about AYUSH Systems of Medicine in the premises of Indian Consulate at Dubai. It was inaugurated on 21st June, 2015 on the occasion of celebration of International Day of Yoga.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH has set up an AYUSH Information Cell in the premises of Embassy of Indian Zagreb, Croatia in August, 2015 to disseminate authentic information about AYUSH Systems.
  • A request was received from US Embassy Charge‘d Affaires, Ambassador Embassy in New Delhi for arranging a visit for Kathleen Stephens and her team to faculty of Ayurveda in Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. On 26th December, 2014 the US team along with Ministry representative visited the facilities relating to Ksharsutra and Drayaguna at BHU which helped to push forward further cooperation. This was followed by visit of US Embassy officials to explore collaboration in the area of Ksharasutra.

 

INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION:

The Ministry produced and telecast 10 episodes of an interactive TV Programme “AYUSHMAN BHARAT” through Doordarshan in Hindi (one) and its 9 Regional Kendras in regional languages from April to June, 2015. The programme was repeat telecast from 26 Regional Kendras of Doordarshan all over the Country.

A tableau was presented by the Ministry in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath on 26th January 2015 on the theme “AYUSH for Holistic Health”.

The Ministry organized Seven National Level Arogya Fairs at Bangalore, Guwahati, Raipur, Jaipur, Bhubneshwar,  Thiruvananthpuram & Varanasi and Six State Level Arogya Fairs at Gandhinagar, Panchkula, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur & Mizoram in collaboration with the State Governments and the collaborative partners like FICCI, ICC, CII, & World Ayurveda Foundation. The fairs aim to create awareness among the members of the public about the efficiency of the AYUSH System, their cost effectiveness and the availability of herbs and plants used for prevention and treatment of common ailments at their door steps through various mass media channels to achieve the objective of health for all

A Seminar on role of AYUSH in Cancer Care was organized on World Cancer Day on 4th February, 2015.

The e-book of the Ministry was launched on 5th January,2015.

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

A pilot project on ‘Homoeopathy for Healthy Child’ for health promotion and treatment of common diseases among children has been launched in six districts, viz., Gautam Buddha Nagar (UP), Gorakhpur (UP), Palgarh (Maharashtra), Delhi, Kamrup (Assam) and Cuttack (Odisha).

Integration of Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani in National Program for Prevention and Control of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke (NPCDCS) program in 6 selected districts approved by Directorate General of Health Services. Besides this    Central Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy has been made functional at Delhi with OPD activities.

The Ministry has launched Swasthya Rakshan Programme through Research Councils, National Institutes and ASU&H Colleges (through CCIM and CCH) to start OPDs in five nearby villages or urban localities and link it with Swachh Bharat Mission.

Dr. D. P. Rastogi Central Research Institute of Homoeopathy, Noida was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of AYUSH on 7th October, 2015.

An Occupational therapy and Rehabilitation Center has been inaugurated on 10th January 2015 at Central Research Institute (H), Project on Ayurgenomics has been initiated by CCRAS and CCRUM has successfully organized a National Seminar on Non-communicable diseases on 14th – 15th January, 2015 in New Delhi.

A literary Research Institute of Unani Medicine has been made operational at Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi with OPD activities.  Foundation stone of new Hospital block was also laid and Biomedical Laboratory with Guest House facility was inaugurated at Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Hyderabad.

Foundation stone has been laid for the construction of Research Institute of Homoeopathy and Unani under the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) respectively at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra.

EDUCATION:

As against 334 Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) Colleges in 2014-15, there are 352 ASU Colleges as on November, 2015 and as against 191 Homoeopathic Colleges in 2014-15, there are 197 Homoeopathic Colleges as on November, 2015. The Indian Medicine Central Council, Post-graduate Diploma Course in Siddha and Post-graduate Diploma Course in Unani Medicine have been notified. Besides this the Homeopathy (Degree Course) Amendment Regulations, 2015 has also been notified.

The Government has approved setting up of (i) All India Institute Ayurveda at SaritaVihar, New Delhi to conduct Post-graduate and Ph.D. courses in Ayurveda and (ii) North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homeopathy at Shillong in Meghalaya to conduct Under-graduate, Post-graduate, Doctoral and Post-doctoral courses both in Ayurveda and Homoeopathy.

OTHER ACTIVITIES/ACHIEVEMENTS:

Pharmacopoeial monographs on single drugs and compound formulations of Ayurvedic System of Medicine-Ayurveda (33), Unani (29), Siddha (19) and Homoeopathy (15) have been developed. In addition to that Hormonisation of 20 monographs has been completed.

Revised Scheme on “Central Sector Scheme for Conservation Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” involving total outlay of Rs. 450.00 crore has been approved for the current Plan.

A detailed study-cum-survey to assess the Demand & Supply of Medicinal Plants in India- in the National Perspective as well as in respect of the International Market has been commissioned by the Ministry.

The Ministry of AYUSH has been conferred with the ISO 9001:2008 Certificate for applying Quality Management System for “Provision of Policy Formulation, Development and Implementation of Programmes for the Propagation & Growth  of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy” The Certificate has been issued by TUV India Pvt. Ltd. Indian operations of a German Firm, TUV Nord Group, appointed by the Quality Council of India, which is the nodal organization for ISO 9001:2008 Certification. This Certification has placed Ministry of AYUSH in a unique position enjoyed by only a few Ministries/Departments of Government of India, which are ISO 9001:2008 certified. The ISO 9001:2008 certification is an international standard that defines good   management practices. The certification aims at providing a global standard that spells out quality and trust.

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