Jaipur, Oct 5 (UNI) In a bid to accord due encouragement to ayurvedic studies, research and treatment, Punjab will soon set up a modern Ayurvedic University, the state Health Education Minister Tikshan Sud said here today.
Mr Sud told reporters that the university was proposed to be set up near Hoshiarpur town and the foundation stone for the project was expected to be laid down within next six months.
He said that since assuming office in February earlier this year, the Parkash Singh Badal led Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD)=BJP coalition Government in his state had taken a number of steps to accord due encouragement to Ayurved, the time tested ancient Indian system of medicine.
Accordingly, state health education department had been bifurcated to create seperate Ayurvedic Education Directorate and other infra structural set up.
Simultaneously, a committee of experts headed by S K Mishra, former advisor Ayush, Government, was also set up for recommendations for action plan for encouraging standardised studies and research in ayurvedic science.
The university was being set up on the recommendation of the committee, the minister said.
Presently, initial project work and survey of various other ayurvedic universities and similar bodies was being done.
Mr Sud accompanied by a team of officials, including Health Education Secretary Jagjit Puri, was presently touring Rajasthan for studying establishment, studies and administration related aspects at different Ayurvedic bodies in this state.
The team had already visited upcoming Rajasthan Ayurved University campus in Jodhpur, Ayurvedic Directorate in Ajmer and National Ayurvedic Institute here.
The team today held ministerial level meeting with Rajasthan Health Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari and Health Minister Dr Digambar Singh here this morning.
The team had already visited Jamnagar for this purpose and is planning to visit to some other places including Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's Ayurvedic and Yoga institutional establishments.