Pune: India’s AYUSH Minister Sripad Yesso Naik on Sunday said the ministry will ink an agreement with the World Health Organization to popularise AYUSH system of medicine at a global level.
He said the ministry had inked memorandums of understanding with several countries for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines.
“The National Health Policy will be reviewed in six months to incorporate this aspect of propagation of AYUSH in the wake of suggestions,” Naik said at the inauguration of a four-day National Arogya Fair here.
AYUSH stands for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems medicine and wellbeing.
Naik said India will partner with the USA for research in AYUSH to look for treatment of cancer.
The Arogya Fair aims to create public awareness on the efficiency of the AYUSH system, its cost-effectiveness and availability of herbs and plants used for prevention and treatment of common ailments.
New Delhi: The Centre on Friday announced that 31 institutes have been given financial assistance to preserve rare and precious AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) books for translation and publication.
The information was given by the minister of state for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health and Family Welfare Shripad Yesso Naik in a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
“The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai, has collected 268 rare siddha palm manuscripts and digitized. Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam Chennai has published eight volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani book/manuscripts. So far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council,” said the minister.
“Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival and retrieval and digitisation of ancient ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books and they are being published from time to time,” he said.
“So far 30 books retrieved from manuscripts have been published and are now available in the public domain,” Naik added.
“The Council has surveyed and digitised more than 5,000 ayurvedic manuscripts/rare books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir (Leh) etc.,” he added.
According to key indicators released recently by the National Sample Survey Office, it is estimated that about 6 percent of the people have received treatment from Indian systems of medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga and Naturopathy.
Some 10 years ago, Umar Khalid’s little less known passion had led him to Kashmir. It was in Srinagar where he had dreamed to represent the state’s under-19 cricket team, even though he wasn’t a native of Jammu and Kashmir. His father, Syed Qasim Illyas Rasool, had many friends working as government officials back then and it was because of them that Umar managed to play some district level matches.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Umar wanted to play for India when he was young but with the competition in Delhi being tough, some of my friends suggested that he travels to Kashmir and play some matches there for exposure.”I am told he performed very well there and was even supported by the coaches who wanted him to represent Kashmir at state level. However being a non-Kashmiri limited his chances to represent Jammu and Kashmir team,” Syed Qasim told dna.Now a 28-year-old, and a student of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, Umar finds his fate intertwined with that of Kashmir.A sedition case was filed against unknown persons for allegedly participating in “anti-national” activities and Umar was one of the persons which Delhi police accuses of raising anti-India slogans during an event organised to mark the hanging of 2001 Parliament convict Afzal Guru.His father however seems to be sure that Umar was not the one raising slogans. ” I know my son and his ideology very well. We have had multiple discussion in the past and one thing that I am sure of is that my son never has or never will go against the interests of the people of India,” said Qasim.He said the days his son had ‘disappeared’ were some of the most disturbing ones in his life. “He was being projected as someone dangerous. We received death threats and what not. Friends of my youngest daughter have stopped talking to her and my other daughters have received all sorts of threats but my biggest fear was of Umar getting caught by a mob just like the one that attacked Kanhaiya,” Qasim added.Qasim said that initially his family was reluctant to speak to the media but soon he had made up his mind. “It was important for me to counter lies like Umar had traveled to Pakistan or that he is a Jaish sympathiser,” he said.Qasim added that he would have found such allegations funny had it not been seriousness of the issue. This is because of the fact Umar has for years been an atheist and a communist – something which his family continues to disapprove.According to the family the Batla house encounter and the subsequent stereotyping of the Muslims of Jamia Nagar area had prompted Umar to critique identity politics.”We had many arguments but I wasn’t concerned because I felt he was young. Umar’s mother however was a different story altogether,” Qasim said.Umar’s mother who hasn’t been interacting with the media as much opened up to dna after meeting her eldest child at the RK Puram police station on Sunday.”I wanted him to come back to Islam but he wouldn’t agree. First we had many discussions and debates which were followed by arguments and finally I stopped speaking to him directly. My relatives suggested that I shouldn’t boycott him and I also believed so but I couldn’t see my child so far removed from out family,” said Umar’s mother is a Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery doctor.Umar began to have heated arguments with Muslim leaders.”Whenever Umar saw anyone trouble he would jump to his feet to help but he didn’t want himself to be only recognised as a Muslim. He would tell us and the community leaders to stand with the poor of this country, with the Dalits, with minorities and the oppressed women,” said the mother. “Never had I imagined he would get into so much trouble for speaking his mind,” she added.She said on January 29, Umar had come home to attend the engagement ceremony of one of her five sisters. This was her last meeting with her son before finally getting to see him in jail.”I didn’t talk to him much that day even though I desperately wanted to do so. After guests had left, I pulled him back and told him that his nails were long and they needed to be cut. He placed his hands in mine and when I was done cutting the nails, I proceeded to touch his feet. A parent touching the feet of her child made him uncomfortable and he began saying that he will wear socks to conceal the long nails. But I told him to be quite,” said Umar’s mother trying to hold back her tears.”I won’t cry because Umar has been telling us not to do so. His aunt, grandmother, everyone are worried but Umar has been asking me to tell them not to worry,” she said.When asked what else had Umar told her during the visit to the police station she said,”Be brave. He told me to be brave.
As a part of Prime Minister’s health for all scheme, Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) is planning to set up a network of 1.2 lakh primary health clinics across the country.Due to lack of facilities and inaccessible locations have made MBBS doctors reluctant to work in rural areas. As there are 1.2 villages which lack health care centres, the ministry plans to prepare a fleet of ayurvedic doctors to fill these gaps. The ministry in a report prepared has suggested of setting up ayurveda colleges across the country.A few months after getting a ministry status in November 2014, a task force under National Ayush mission was constituted with Dr HR Nagendra of S Vyasa Yoga University, Bengaluru as head, to suggest ways for making Ayush accessible to the rural India. The committee was to prepare a report to promote ayurveda and other Indian forms of medicine and make health care accessible to rural population.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon after the International Yoga Day celebration last year, PMO had written to the ministry to regulate yoga and naturopathy as formal courses. “It was recommended that a formal syllabus be drafted andrecognised for yoga and naturopathy. We are working on it. The project is in the pipeline. Uniform guidelines will be announced soon,” said a member of the committee.Currently, India has about 305 ayurveda colleges that produce 12,265 graduates each year. Besides 1,851 unani and 420 siddha graduates pass out every year. Unlike the allopathic practitioners, this sector is comparatively less organised. But the ministry has now proposed to integrate it into the mainstream. “Our graduates are well versed with anatomy and human physiology. If they are taught basic surgical processes, they can work very well in the primary health care, community health care and district health care center. They can also work to provide emergency medical solutions. A course module needs to be designed for the ayurveda practitioners, where they can earn credits by doing these courses,” said a member of the committee. The committee also feels that the unani practitioners can also be trained for this task.While the government has made it mandatory for all MBBS practitioners to serve in a rural posting for a year, the doctors have found an escape route. In this scenario to ensure that basic primary healthcare facility reaches every village of this country, the ministry is looking up to Ayush practitioners.The task force report also insist on encouraging research in the Indian forms of medicines. “Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy has a direct connect with our lifestyle. Though we have a rich history andample literature, our research has failed to keep pace with our changing lifestyle. We have insisted on encouraging research work,” said a member of the Central Council of Indian Medicine.Sources in the ministry informed that the report is currently being vetted by Niti Ayog. “We are hoping that Ayush will get a boost in the upcoming budget,” said a practitioner, who was a part of the 20 member committee.