Kolkata: In order to promote scientific research and education on traditional methods of treatment, the AYUSH Ministry on Monday signed an MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Its aim is to further collaborate in the research of medical practices like Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and their integration with modern science.
People are increasingly interested in traditional medicines across the country and therefore the government is adopting a multi-dimensional strategy and innovative approach to take the old methods of treatment of people to the grass root level.
A senior official of the Ministry of AYUSH said that there is a great possibility to research innovative and path-breaking in combination with traditional health care and modern basic science, which can be used to explain various basic concepts.
A senior officer of CSIR appreciated the ongoing projects and programs between the two organizations, which states that by increasing the basic science-to-verification and after-product development, on a number of issues, cooperation will be of vital help in the development of AYUSH, Not only in the country but also abroad.
The Memorandum of Understanding will help both organizations to make a joint effort in exploring data collection and analysis, as well as enabling concepts such as “Traditional Knowledge Inspired Drug Discovery and Development” and “Food for Medicine” and provide artificial intelligence.
It may be mentioned here that CSIR had developed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) before the help of the AYUSH Ministry, which has been recognized globally on Indian systems of medicine to prevent biophobia and misuse of traditional knowledge. Is the proprietary database.
CSIR also emphasized the need for the development of advanced varieties of medicinal plants and the development of captive farming, including rare and threatened (RET) species.
Under the MoU, both organisations will jointly conduct fundamental research, develop AYUSH specific diagnostic tools, link microbiome, gene expression and Prakriti and also explore modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM).
The purpose of the cooperation is to preserve and preserve traditional knowledge related to the development of old forms of treatment and international standardized vocabulary (disease-masculine code) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU).
“It is a great move taken up by the AYUSH Ministry. We welcome it. It will help take our oldest methods of treatment to the international arena,” said Dr Sumit Sur, coordinator, West Bengal and North East States of National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association.