Rajya Sabha passes Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill

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News: Rajya Sabha has passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020.

Facts:

Key Provisions of the bill:

  • Merger: The bill aims to merge three institutes into one integrated centre which will be called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda which will be based in Jamnagar, Gujarat.It will be the first Ayurveda institution to be given the status of institution of national importance.
  • Objective of Institute:  The Institute will: a) develop patterns of teaching in medical education in Ayurveda and pharmacy b) bring together educational facilities for training of personnel in all branches of Ayurveda among others.
  • Composition of Institute: The Institute will consist of 15 members.  These include:
    • Minister of AYUSH
    • Secretary and technical head of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH, 
    • Secretary, department of health, government of Gujarat
    • Director of the Institute
    • Director-General, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda
    • three experts in Ayurveda with expertise in education, industry and research and 
    • three Members of Parliament.
  • Functions of Institute: The functions of the Institute will include: a) provide for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Ayurveda (including pharmacy) b) prescribe courses and curricula for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Ayurveda among others.
  • Funds of Institute:  The institute will receive funds from the central government and other sources.The accounts of the Institute will be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.