Indirectly hitting at Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday criticised the previously ruling party for sidelining the Indian heritage since the independence of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said: "There should be an Ayurveda hospital in every district. Let's pledge to strengthen, revive Ayurveda", Modi said at the event. Adding to his jibes, PM Modi said that those nations who leave their heritage behind are destined to lose their identity.
However, Mr Modi said that for the last three years his government had been taking steps to reverse the trend.
The institute is modelled on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and is set up under the Ministry of AYUSH. Apply some of your corporate social responsibility, ie CSR fund to Ayurveda and Yoga.
After that the Prime Minister launched a veiled attack on Congress saying, "But when we became independent, there was hope that changes would be made according to the time and the heritage that we were left with would be protected".
The Prime Minister suggested a relook at the existing Ayurveda syllabus and underlined the requirement for standard guidelines and treatment in the medicine system so it is not overpowered by allopathy. Attempts were even made to reduce the faith that Indians had on them, he added.
He said his government was focusing on integrating the public healthcare system with ayurveda and yoga.
Noting that people across the world are becoming increasingly attracted to health and wellness, the prime minister suggested that time was ripe for an atmosphere of Ayurveda to develop.
He said the Ayush ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development should develop short term courses for students and farmers.
He said cleanliness is a simple mechanism of preventive healthcare and the Union government has got 5 crore toilets built in three years. With the demand for medicinal plants increasing worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that the global herbal market will grow to Dollars 5 trillion by 2050 from the current level of USD 62 billion.