Promotion of Ayurvedic Medicines at Global Level

Shambhavi Singh

New Delhi, December 19

The current turnover of the Indian AYUSH industry is US$ 18.1 billion and the market size of the Indian AYUSH industry as a whole has grown by 17 per cent during 2014-2020. The total AYUSH & herbal medicines export of India has increased from US$ 1.09 billion in 2014 to US$ 1.54 billion in 2020, registering a robust growth rate of 5.9 per cent annually as per the recent research report on AYUSH Sector published by Forum on Indian Traditional Medicine (FITM) under Research and Information system for developing country (RIS), which is an autonomous policy research institute in New Delhi.

As stated by the Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal in a written reply in Lok Sabha recently; to promote International Co-operation in AYUSH the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India has developed a Central Sector Scheme (IC Scheme) which makes it necessary to promote and strengthen awareness and interest about AYUSH Systems of Medicine at international level; fascinating International promotion, development, and recognition of AYUSH system of medicine; to further the interaction of stakeholders and market development of AYUSH at international level; to give a boost to AYUSH products/services/education/ research/ training globally; to promote academics and research through the establishment of AYUSH Academic Chairs in foreign countries; setting up of AYUSH Information Cell abroad to disseminate authentic information about Ayush system in the foreign communities etc.

Underneath the AYUSH Fellowship program of the IC scheme, 104 scholarships are proffered every year to eligible foreign nationals from 101 countries for pursuing AYUSH courses in leading Institutes in India. Ministry has signed 14 MoUs for setting up AYUSH Academic Chairs with foreign Universities/ institutes under which AYUSH experts are deputed to undertake teaching/training/research activities. Various multilateral forums like G 20, BIMSTEC, BRICS, IBSA, SCO etc. are being successfully utilized to fetch global recognition to Ayurveda and other AYUSH systems.

An agreement was signed between the Ministry of Ayush and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM), UK for organizing the study on “Ashwagandha for promoting recovery from Covid-19 in the UK”. Ministry of Ayush has also signed an agreement with Frankfurter Innovations zentrum Biotechnologie GmbH (FIZ), Frankfurt Germany for running a Collaborative Research study on Guduchyadi tablets in combating COVID-19 infection- In-vitro & in-vivo study.

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