SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday said that the JK administration is mulling setting up the first-ever Ayurveda Medical Colleges in Srinagar and Jammu cities to promote natural ways of healing.
LG Sinha was speaking at the maiden three-day Ayurveda Parv organised by All India Ayurvedic Congress in association with the Minister of AYUSH, Government of India at Government Dental College, Srinagar, J&K.
LG said that there are currently around 500 Ayush Health and Wellness Centres functional in JK, however government is planning to fill in the gaps by establishing Ayurveda colleges.
“Government is intending to start two Ayurvedic Medical colleges in Srinagar and Jammu,” LG Said , while directing the Health Secretary to make a proposal in this regard and forward it to concerned Union Ministry and whatever will be required from J&K Government will be done on priority.
To offer the best facilities to the people, the J&K government spends Rs 2.5 crore per day on public healthcare and health care facilities in J&K are much better than other states, LG Sinha asserted.
The LG after inaugurating the 3-day grand event, said that Ayurveda has gained global popularity and the entire world is adopting Ayurveda techniques to meet the changing healthcare needs of people, for the well-being of the body, mind and spirit and management of various diseases
“Ayurveda stakeholders & policymakers should work together to popularize this traditional medicine system as the mainline of treatment for the lifestyle diseases, preventive care and to boost the immune system,” he said.
He said that Ayush medical College and hospital is functional in Akhnoor Jammu while Unani Medical College and hospital has been already started in Ganderbal.
“J&K’s first homeopathic medical College has come up in Kathua while 50 bedded Integrated Ayush Hospitals have been started in Kulgam, Kupwara, Kuthua, Kishtwar and Samba,” he said.
He further stated that, “Ten bedded Ayush hospitals have been started in Baramulla and Jammu districts as well while steps are being taken to further strengthen the sector so that students need not to go outside for Ayurvedic courses and create employment opportunities for local youth,” he said.
LG Sinha confirmed that the National Institute for High Altitude Medicinal Plants will come at Baderwah. “Due to the paucity of funds work hasn’t started yet but it is expected to start soon with intervention of the union ministry of Ayush.” (KNO)