The government will set up an All India Institute of Ayurveda in the capital as a quality research and referral centre in the traditional Indian system of medicine, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday.
Azad informed the Rajya Sabha that the institute, that will be set up at a cost of Rs 134 crore will come up in Sarita Vihar in south Delhi and will facilitate quality research on safety and efficiency of ayurveda products, develop benchmark for Ayurvedic education, develop and document best practices, safety and standard protocols for Ayurveda.
"The proposed institute will be developed as a referral and research hospital and receive patients referred by National Institute of Ayurveda in Jaipur and other ayurvedic hospitals in the country," Azad said.
The hospital will be to ayurveda what the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), one of Asia's premier research and referral hospitals, is in the field of allopathic medicine.
The minister said that the institute will also aim to establish link between ayurveda and modern sciences and translate traditional standards into modern scientific methods to increase the global appeal of ayurveda.