New Delhi, Aug. 28 (PTI) : An national ayurveda college will be set up in the capital on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to carry out research in the field of the traditional system of medicine.
“We are setting up an All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi over a land area of around 15 acres,” Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told reporters here today.
“The medical college will be set up in south Delhi near the Apollo Hospitals with an investment of Rs 150 crore. All kind of research and referral activity in the field of herbal medicine will take place here,” Ramadoss said on the sidelines of a community outreach programme on herbal gardens.
He said the thrust on ayurveda was necessary as it was expected to emerge as a $ 4 trillion industry by 2050. Thirtytwo per cent of all medicines consumed in the US are herbal-based and India must try to tap its vast resources available in across every state, he said.
Earlier, Ramadoss launched the Home Herbal Gardens initiative of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) which aims at encouraging Delhiites to develop medicinal plant gardens in their backyards.
“Last year, we had started a school herbal programme and now this community reach programme will help our people, especially youngsters, to take advantage of the available resources,” he said.
To begin with, over 120 resident welfare associations (RWAs) were given free herbal saplings including aloe vera, tulsi, ashwagandha, brahmi, manduk parni, mint and lemon grass.