A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences was signed today. The MoU will identify potential research areas to explore collaboration, convergence and synergies for evidence-based scientific intervention in the Ayush sector and their further application in the public healthcare system.
The MoU was signed by Vidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush and Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, Secretary, DST in the presence of senior officials from Ministry of Ayush and DST scholars.
On this occasion, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha thanked DST for its commitment to working with Ayush’s Ministry in developing new medicines as well as validating mechanistic aspects of therapies.
Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar, Secretary, DST said, “Traditional knowledge and modern science are coming together especially in the health sciences. When we bring the scientists and medical practitioners of Ayush together, we are sure that we will come up with solutions, which will be available at affordable prices. I hope this becomes one of the best programs in the country
Through the MoU, Ministry of Ayush and DST agreed to jointly carry out research and development activities on scientific validation of Ayush concepts, procedures and products, and to create a platform for exchanging information and applying modern science towards understanding key concepts related to Ayush and principles.
The Ministry of Ayush will define areas of payment which includes regulations related to Ayush that require understanding of basic concepts and procedures, development of newer tools, etc. in modern science. Meanwhile, DST, through the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), will coordinate the implementation of the push areas through well-structured plans and mutual concerted actions.
Partnership with industry, R&D organizations (public/private) and government agencies/departments will be strongly encouraged. Furthermore, the MOU will also focus on special calls for proposals under Ayush-related research and development activities solicited from individuals or a group of national scientists who are actively engaged in research and technology development in academic institutions, research organizations, government agencies, and industries.