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AIIA inks MoU IIT Delhi to boost research in traditional medicine

All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), a premier institute of Ayurveda under the AYUSH Ministry has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Delhi to boost research in traditional medicine and streamline hospital care facilities in the country.

Key Facts

The MoU was signed at two-day conference of heads of AYUSH National Institutes organised by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) aimed at upgrading the national institutes of traditional medicine at par with the IITs and IIMs. Under it, the faculties of IIT Delhi and AIIA will work together in projects to look at ways to integrate technology with Ayurveda. Under this partnership, projects developed will be given scientific validation to ancient medical science and integrate it with technology.

All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)

AIIA is apex institute for Ayurveda in the country under Ministry of AYUSH. It is located in New Delhi. It aims at bringing 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.

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India, Cuba sign two MoUs

India has signed two Memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Cuba to enhance cooperation in biotechnology and traditional medicine. The MoUs were signed after delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel in Havana, Cuba.

President Ram Nath Kovind visited Cuba as last leg of his three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. During the delegation level talks both countries agreed to enhance cooperation in biotechnology, renewable energy and traditional medicine. Cuba reaffirmed its support to India’s candidature for permanent seat in United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Key Facts

MoU on Traditional Systems of Medicine: It aims to increase cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy between both countries.

MoU on Bio Technology: It aims to deepen collaboration on biotechnology between both countries. It was signed between BioCubaFarma, Cuba’s state company for pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, and India’s Kalam Institute of Health Technology.

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