Shripad Yesso Naik Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH has sought suggestions and inputs from Ayurveda researchers and practitioners world over which may be incorporated in the AYUSH Ministry’s works related to streamlining the study and practice of this traditional health science in the country. AYUSH Ministry is taking concerted efforts for systematic development of Ayurveda and other traditional medicines, stated the Minister. Shri Naik was speaking at the valedictory function of the 7th World Ayurveda Congress, held in Kolkata from 1st – 4th December 2016.
Earlier, the Minister administered an oath amongst Ayurveda practitioners and researchers for working concertedly to develop and popularise the practice of Ayurveda which is an ancient health care system developed through the ages. Shri Shripad Naik remarked that there has been a resurgence of interest in this traditional healthcare system world over in the last two decades. One of the reasons for it is that Ayurveda advocates preventive healthcare method of treatment. The Minister disclosed that Ministry of AYUSH has already signed a number of MoUs with institutions in different countries for bilateral co-operation in research and knowledge-sharing in the field of Ayurveda and other traditional form of medicines. The Ministry is working with other agencies, institutions and all concerned to turn India into a global hub for knowledge, research, practice and developmental projects on traditional medicines. Applauding the hard-work showcased by the organisers of the 7thWorld Ayurveda Congress, which is a platform that brought together Ayurveda experts from all over the world, he said, it supports the Government’s aim to build awareness and sensitise people about the uniqueness of Ayurveda. The Minister declared that the next World Ayurveda Congress will be held at Gandhinagar in 2017.
The dignitaries present on the occasion included Kerala’s Minister of Health, Smt Shailaja Teacher, Sri Lanka’s Provincial Minster of Health and Indigenous Medicine Shri Lakshman Wendaruwa, Vijanan Bharati’s National President Dr. Vijay Bhatkal among others .More than 500 delegates from different parts of the world participated in the event held first time in Kolkata, one of the few cities of India , where Ayurveda has been practised for the last 200 years or more. Next World Ayurveda Congress to be held at Gandhinagar in 2017.