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Dept of Ayush proposes Rs.100 cr national institute for Sowa-Rigpa system

New Delhi (PB): Even as the government is finalising a notification to formally recognise within the definition of Indian medicine the Sowa-Rigpa system that is practised in the sub-Himalayan regions in the country, the Department of Ayush is planning to set up a national institute to promote the studies in the sector.

The National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa is being planned at a total cost of Rs.100 crore and the Department has sought the fund from the Planning Commission for the same. The Department is also exploring to acquire for upgrading the one Sowa-Rigpa institute currently under the Department of Culture as the national institute.

The educational system of Sowa-Rigpa is presently in the hands of some institutes run by the Tibetan bodies in trans-Himalayan region of India. Some sort of financial support is provided to these institutions from Government. However, the infrastructural facilities there are not sufficient to meet the aspirations of the students who choose to study Sowa-Rigpa for a professional career, according to the concept note by the Department.

“As Sowa-Rigpa has been accorded state patronage, a dedicated institute of the system is required that may lead to develop benchmark standards of education, patients’ care and postgraduate research and impart professional training to produce skilled manpower. The proposed national institute will have facilities of UG & PG education, paramedical training and provision of clinical services through a well-equipped hospital,” the proposal said.

Meanwhile, the Health ministry is still finalising a notification to formally recognise the Sowa-Rigpa system after the Parliament passed a bill amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Act more than one year ago.

The government will also give special attention to the composition of the formulations and labelling of these drugs which will have also good export potential, against the backdrop of complaints raised about the ayurvedic drugs in some countries.


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