Ministry of AYUSH Current Affairs
All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) and IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)-Delhi have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance research in the field of Ayurveda. The MoU was signed on sidelines of two-day conference on ‘Raising towards Excellence’ held at New Delhi.
As of part of MoU, AIIA will invite technological experts from IIT Delhi for research in ancient Indian medicine. IIT Delhi does not have medical facility and has lined up 10 projects in Ayurveda research. It was the idea of Ministry of AYUSH to utilize technological expertise of IIT Delhi for further research in ancient Indian medicine. It is also planning to invite professionals and representatives from IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) to develop leadership skills that are necessary for gaining global recognition.
All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)
Delhi based AIIA is apex institute for Ayurveda in the country under Ministry of AYUSH. It aims at bringing a synergy between traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern tools and technology. It offers postgraduate and doctoral courses in various disciplines of Ayurveda and focuses on fundamental research of Ayurveda, drug development, quality control, standardization, safety evaluation and scientific validation of Ayurvedic medicine. It also has 200 bed referral hospital for facilitating clinical research.
The Union Ministry of AYUSH has announced that main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) will be held on 21 June 2018 at Dehradun, capital city of Uttrakhand.
The event is going to be Mass Yoga Demonstration that will attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Three places- Forest Research Institute (FRI), Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) and Maharana Pratap Stadium have been identified for the event. On this occasion AYUSH Ministry is also planning to give two Yoga Awards known as PM Yoga Award to national and international participants.
International Yoga Day (IYD)
The idea of celebrating the International Yoga Day was pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014. Later in December 2014, UNGA unanimously adopted India-led resolution to observe 21st June as ‘International Day of Yoga’. This resolution was adopted under agenda of UN’s ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy’. The date 21st June was selected because it represents one of the two solstices and is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere which has special significance in many parts of the world. The first International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across the world on 21 June 2015.