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Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 received Presidential Assent on 21-09-2020.

The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Act, 2020

Key Features:

AYURVEDA INSTITUTES

It is proposed to conglomerate certain Ayurveda institutes in the campus of Gujarat Ayurved University at Jamnagar, namely,

(i) the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda;

(ii) Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya; and

(iii) the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences (including pharmacy Unit) by establishing them as one institution in the name of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar and to confer the status of Institution of National Importance on it.

It is also proposed to subsume the Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga and Naturopathy Education and Research into the proposed Institute and establish it as a Department of Swasthvritta.

The Institute will be elevated to the status of Institution of National Importance which will provide autonomy to it to upgrade standards of Ayurveda education, to frame various courses in Ayurveda as per national and international demand and to adopt advanced evaluation methodology.

NATIONAL IMPORTANCE

Conferring the status of Institute of National Importance to the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar will also facilitate :

(a) to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Ayurveda and Pharmacy so as to demonstrate a high standard of such medical education to all medical colleges and other allied institutions of Ayurveda in India;

(b) to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches of Ayurveda, including Pharmacy;

(c) to attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate education to meet the country’s needs for specialists and medical teachers in Ayurveda; and (d) to make an in-depth study and research in the field of Ayurveda

FUNCTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE

(a) provide for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Ayurveda, including Pharmacy;

(b) provide facilities for research in the various branches of Ayurveda including Pharmacy;

(c) prescribe courses and curricula for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Ayurveda including Pharmacy;

(d) notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, establish and maintain—

(i) one or more Ayurveda medical colleges with different Departments including Department of Swasthvritta and such other departments as may deemed to be necessary for scientific validation of Ayurveda, implementing Ayurveda principles and theories in public health and further expansion of Ashtanga Ayurveda with the help of modern scientific advances sufficiently staffed and equipped to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate Ayurveda education including Pharmacy;

(ii) one or more well-equipped hospitals;

(iii) colleges for Ayurveda supporting staffs such as nurses, Pharmacists, Panchakarma technicians or therapists and such other allied disciplines of Ayurveda sufficiently staffed and equipped for training such students;

(iv) rural and urban health organisations which will form centres for the field training in Ayurveda and for research into community health problems; and

(v) other institutions for the training of different types of health workers, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and Ayurvedic medical technicians of various kinds;

(e) train teachers for the different Ayurveda colleges in India;

(f) hold examinations (including for admissions) and grant degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions and titles in undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ayurveda and Pharmacy as may be laid down in the regulations;

(g) institute, and appoint persons to professorships, readerships, lectureships and posts of any description in accordance with regulations;

(h) receive grants from the Government and gifts, donations, benefactions, bequests and transfers of properties, both movable and immovable, from donors, benefactors, testators or transferors, as the case may be;

(i) deal with any property belonging to, or vested in, the Institute in any manner which is considered necessary for promoting the objects specified in section 12;

(j) demand and receive such fees and other charges as may be specified by regulations;

(k) construct quarters for its staff and allot such quarters to the staff in accordance with such regulations as may be made in this behalf;

(l) establish, maintain and manage halls and hostels for the residence of students;

(m) supervise and control the residence and regulate the discipline of students of the Institute and to make arrangements for promoting their health, general welfare and cultural and corporate life;

(n) institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, prizes and medals; (o) borrow money, with the prior approval of the Central Government, on the

security of the property of the Institute;

(p) to perform all such things as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Institute.

Read the Act here: ACT


Ministry of Law and Justice

Legislation UpdatesStatutes/Bills/Ordinances

The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 has been passed by Rajya Sabha.

The Bill was earlier passed in Lok Sabha on 19-03-2020. This paves the way to establish a state-of-the-art Ayurvedic institution called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar, Gujarat, and to confer the status of Institution of National Importance (INI) to it.

Purpose of Establishment

The ITRA is sought to be established by conglomerating the presently existing Ayurveda institutes at Gujarat Ayurved University campus Jamnagar. This is a cluster of highly reputed institutions, namely, (a) Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, (b) Shree GulabKunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and (c) Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, (d) Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research (to be made part of the Department of Swasthvritta of the proposed ITRA). These institutions had come up over the past many decades, and together made a unique family of Ayurveda institutions existing in close proximity.

It is expected that the enactment of the proposal will further provide autonomy to the institute to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ayurveda and Pharmacy. The synergies among the different constituent institutions will help ITRA to demonstrate high standards of such education and to emerge as a lighthouse institution to the entire AYUSH Sector. It is expected to provide the highest level of training of personnel in all important branches of Ayurveda including Pharmacy, and to take up in-depth study and research in the field of Ayurveda.

ITRA will be the first institution with INI status in the AYUSH sector, and this will enable the institution to be independent and innovative in the matter of deciding course content and pedagogy. The decision comes at a time when global interest in health solutions based on traditional wisdom is at an unprecedentedly high level and ITRA is poised to take Ayurveda education to new vistas.


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[Source: PIB]