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AGNI – ‘Ayurveda Gyan Naipunya Initiative’

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    23rd Nov, 2023
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Recently, the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS) has launched AGNI initiative to promote evidence based medical practices in Ayurveda sciences.

About the Initiative:
  • Provide a platform for Ayurveda practitioners to report their innovative practices & and experiences in various disease conditions along with promoting the culture of evidence-based practice among Ayurveda Practitioners.
  • The initiative also aims to undertake research for mainstreaming pragmatic practices through scientific validation and evidence-based appraisal.
  • CCRAS will document and publish the reported medical practices and therapeutic regimens for education and academic purposes in consultation with National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM).
  • Creation of a database through applications and capacity building through training in research methods and good clinical practices.
  • Further research will be taken up by CCRAS on the reported medical practices for mainstreaming and scientific validation by developing research proposals in collaboration with Ayurveda Practitioners and other relevant institutes/ organizations.

About CCRAS:

It is an apex research organization committed to undertaking, coordinating, formulating, development and promotion of research on scientific lines in Ayurveda.

Initiatives by CCRAS:

  • The Studentship Program for Ayurveda Research Ken (SPARK) for Undergraduate Scholars- to boost scientific research through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals,
  • Scheme for Training in Ayurveda Research for PG Scholars (PG-STAR) for PG Scholars
  • Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals (SMART) program for teachers.

Ayurveda:

  • It is a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.
  • The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) Thus, translates to knowledge of life.

National Commission for Indian System of Medicine:

  • A statutory body constituted under NCISM Act, 2020.
  • To provide for a medical education system that improves access to quality and affordable medical education.
  • Ensures availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine in all parts of the country.
  • Promoting equitable and universal healthcare that promotes national health goals.
  • Encourages such medical professionals to adopt latest medical research in their work and to contribute to research.
  • Facilitates maintenance of a medical register of Indian System of Medicine for India and enforces high ethical standards in all aspects of medical services.
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