The Centre for Complimentary and Integrative Health (CCIH) was inaugurated on Friday at Savitribai Phule Pune University .
Scientists and medical professionals now have a platform to conduct research in ayurveda and other allied alternative medical branches.
The ministry of Ayush has granted Rs 3.5 crore to the department which will be utilised in three years to create scientific evidence proving various concepts in ayurveda and other alternative medicines.
Soumya Swaminathan, secretary of department of health research, ministry of health and family welfare and director general of Indian Council of Medical Research, Rajesh Kote cha, special secretary of ministry of Ayush, Vijay Bhatkar, chancellor of Nalanda University, Nitin Karmalkar, SPPU vicechancellor, Anita Kar, director of Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, and Bhushan Patwardhan, director of CCIH were present for the ceremony. “There is need to concentra te on the five pillars to strengthen AYUSH __ increasing research and development facilities, creating repositories of research, communicating outcomes of research to decision-making authorities, preserving traditional wealth of Indian medicine knowledge and creating data base of outcome for future generations,“ Swaminathan said.
National Centre of Cell Sci ence (NCCS), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Manipal University, National Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic in US are consultants for the department.
Vice-chancellor N R Karmalkar, in a previous meeting, said the university will upgrade the infrastructure of the department and increase the faculty in the department.
“Fifteen researchers per year, 45 in three years, will get the benefit of the fellowship which will also have a three-month residential programme. They will undertake five courses and will also be given a project which, if innovative, will be given a seed capital of Rs 30 lakh from the ministry of health,“ Karmalkar had said.