The government has come up with an extensive seven-fold plan for the promotion of AYUSH across the globe. It has implemented an International Cooperation (IC) Scheme since the 9th Five-year Plan for this purpose.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare gave a new identity to the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) by creating a separate Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003.
Here are some key components of the scheme:
- Incentive to drug manufacturers, entrepreneurs, AYUSH institutions etc. for international propagation of AYUSH and registration of their products by international agencies such as US FDA, EMEA and UK-MHRA for exports
- Support for international market development and AYUSH promotion-related activities
- Promotion of Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani and Yoga abroad through young post-graduates
- Translation and publication of AYUSH books in foreign languages
- International exchange of experts and officers
- Establishment of AYUSH information Cells/Health Centers in Indian embassies/missions and in the Cultural Centers set up by ICCR in foreign countries and deputation of experts
- International Fellowship Program for foreign nationals for undertaking AYUSH courses in premier institutions in India
The Department of AYUSH has already undertaken some major activities under the aforesaid scheme:
- A Centre for Research in Indian System of Medicine (CRISM) has been set up at the University of Mississippi, USA.
- The Department had organized/supported conferences on Indian System of Medicine in Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Malaysia, Korea, South Africa and Australia.
- Ayurveda experts have been deputed to give lectures in US Medical schools and Bulgaria.
- An AYUSH information cell has been set up in Malaysia.
The Government of India has recently signed a MoU with the Government of Malaysia for cooperation in the promotion of development traditional medicines in the two countries’ healthcare systems.
The MoU also envisages promotion of cooperation in teaching, practice, drugs and drugless therapies of traditional medicine, mutual recognition of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Malaysian Herbal Pharmacopoeia.