New Delhi: The Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, stated in Parliament this week that the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH, has established 9 Institutes and Centres to promote research in traditional system of medicine in Himalayan region.
These Institutes and Centres are located in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura and Nagaland.
CCRAS has one research Institute namely National Research Institute of Sowa Rigpa (NRISR) located at Leh, Laddakh. The Institute has undertaken three Intramural Research Projects and One Tribal Health Care Research Project as follows:
- Completed project on pictorial guide of commonly used medicinal plants of Sowa-Rigpa and Ayurveda.
- Completed project on compilation and documentation of classical Sowa-Rigpa formulations NRISR, Leh.
- Project on development of Agro Technique for high altitude, endangered medicinal plants of Trans-Himalayan region.
- Strengthening the tribal health care research project under tribal sub-plan at Leh and also Sowa-Rigpa health centre at Kargil.
The Government of India has also approved a proposal for the establishment of National Institute of Sowa Rigpa in Leh on 20 November. This Institute will be responsible to promote interdisciplinary research and education of Sowa Rigpa.
The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on 13 December.
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