SHILLONG, Dec 22: As it is situated in the strategic location of Shillong which is also hailed as the educational hub of the North East region, the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH) is envisioned to become a melting pot of the numerous traditional healing practices of the North East region.
“Shillong, being the gateway of NE India and educational hub, this will give additional benefit to the inter-disciplinary research and cooperation for exploring biological sciences,” Union Minister of State Independent Charge, Ministry of AYUSH Shripad Yessa Naik said after inaugurating the new campus of the Institute at Mawdiangdiang here on Thursday.
Stating that the immense knowledge possessed by the traditional healers of the region can be a great asset to modern medicine, Naik said that this knowledge is presently being scientifically validated for clinical practices.
Naik said that NEIAH will stress on research related to traditional medicines from the region including Meghalaya.
He also informed that the Centre will set up a medicinal plant board for the entire region should the need arise even as he acknowledged the presence of the existing boards of the respective states.
“I hope that the serious involvement of this institute in research and development will also explore herbal agro based industry and ultimately promote the cultivation of medicinal plants in this region,” he stated.
Keeping in mind the shortage of doctors in the North East region, Naik said that NEIAH will help to address this shortfall besides help in improving the executionof the national health policy in the region.
He also informed that the project was sanctioned in 2008 and that it has been functional with its OPD services since November 4, 2010.
Announcing that the second phase of the project will be commencing very soon, he said that the Centre has spent around Rs 77 crore for the first phase and around Rs 50 crore is required for the second phase.