Cabinet clears Ayurveda Institute in NE

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New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) An Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy would be set up in Shillong in Meghalaya at a cost of Rs 67.51 crore.

To be known as "North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy," it will be an autonomous organisation under the Department of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, an official spokesperson told mediapersons after the meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

he decision would facilitate promotion of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy, the expansion of health care, improvement in the doctor-population ratio and Research and Development on bio-resources in the North East.

The spokesperson said since Shillong was a central place in the North East, students and patients from other parts of the region could avail of the facilities in the proposed Institute. "There is considerable demand for Ayurveda and Homoeopathic systems in North Eastern states." Though the country has a total of 225 Ayurveda colleges and 181 Homoeopathy colleges in the country, there are one Ayurvedic college in Assam and three Homoeopathy colleges in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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