The Union Ayush ministry intends to turn the North East Institute of Ayurveda and Homeopathy (NEIAH) here into a center of excellence where it can also become a hub for research in ayurveda and folk medicine for Southeast Asia. Laying the foundation stone for the second-phase construction of the institute on Sunday, Ayush minister Shripad Yesso Naik acknowledged the satisfactory performance of the institute since it started functioning in 2016. He said the institute would be able to produce “quality human resources” to directly benefit the healthcare system of the region. “This will also motivate people for cultivation and preservation of valuable medicinal plants in the region. It will be also possible to promote and preserve the traditional knowledge of folk medicine,” he added. The estimated cost for construction under the second phase is around ₹40.8 crore for an area of 10,481.53 square metres. It will have residential accommodations for students, doctors and staff, besides a guesthouse.
Naik added that the Ayush ministry intends to further develop and provide necessary support to build the institute to a center of excellence to fulfil the needs of national and international communities. “The institution is investing itself in sensitizing Ayush system in the Northeast by rendering community services through camps in the adjoining areas,” Naik said. He said the institute would undertake Panchakarma technician training as a skill-development program for the youths of the region. Saying that the institute could be the hub for research in ayurveda and folk medicine for Southeast Asia, Naik acknowledged the presence of premier institutes such as the North Eastern Hill University (Nehu), National Institute of Technology (NIT) Shillong and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the vicinity which can aid in researches for a better healthcare system in the region. He said Ayush has the potential for development of the Northeast through healthcare, medical tourism and international trade for cultivation, processing and marketing of medicinal plants based on available flora and fauna. – Telegraph India