In line with the Government of India's vision to support start-ups in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed awards to the winners of 'Ayush Start-up Challenge' organised by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in association with Start-up India.
The challenge was launched on February 4, 2022. The main aim of the Challenge is to encourage early-stage start-ups and individuals working on innovations in Ayurveda and other alternative healing and medicine systems.
There were three entry categories for participating in the challenge -- Ayush Food Innovations, Ayush Bio-instrumentation (Hardware solutions) and Ayush IT Solutions (Software solutions). There were two winners in each of the three categories with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for the winner and Rs 50,000 for the runner-up. Overall, there were six winners.
Under the 'Food Innovations in Ayush Sector: Ready to Eat Nutritious Ayurveda Ahara (Food)' category Ayur Foods won the first prize for developing Therapeutic Ayurveda Nutraceuticals. Priya Nitin Gokhale bagged the first prize in 'Ayush Bio-instrumentation (Hardware Solutions) and Innovations in Healthcare' category for Thermoregulator for sudation chamber.
Nadipulse Prognostics Private Limited grabbed the first for Nadiyantra-pulse diagnosis in 'Ayush IT Solutions in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions in Ayurveda Diagnostics, Virtual reality, Biosensors & Trackers'.
At the Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in encouraging the growth of Ayush start-ups in the country and said: "There are immense opportunities for investment in the Ayush sector. The Ayush Ministry has been promoting the culture of traditional medicine start-ups and has received an encouraging response from the youth. The All India Institute of Ayurveda had organised the Ayush Start Up Challenge recently through its newly established incubation centre.
"The centre will offer technical know-how and expertise to budding entrepreneurs and startups to innovate and invest in Ayush systems. Since the beginning of this year, India has already seen 14 start-ups entering the unicorn club, and the day is not far when we will soon have a unicorn from the Ayush sector too."
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA said, "I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Ayush Start-up Challenge. AIIA, being the apex body for Ayurveda in India, works under the guidance of the Ministry of Ayush and supports the growth of this sector in the country. Apart from identifying promising start-ups and rewarding them, we are also providing incubation support through guidance and skill development, which will go a long way in helping these start-ups realise their next phase of growth. Start-ups in India are growing at a phenomenal scale and Ayush could emerge as a leading sector for driving entrepreneurship and innovation."
The incubation support would entitle winners to tap into the vast knowledge and resource pool of AIIA across the three wings of the institute, namely research, academics, and hospital.
The 'Ayush Start-up Challenge' was open for participation from both early-stage start-ups as well as individuals as a group. A group of 3-5 individuals was allowed to participate in the programme.
Read More► Modi Announces Special Mark for Ayush Products
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a special Ayush mark for Ayush products among many new initiatives for Ayush sector, on the occasion of Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022.
The Prime Minister on Wednesday inaugurated the three-day Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022 at Gandhinagar in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and others.
In his inaugural address, Modi said: "We are already witnessing unprecedented growth in the production of Ayush medicines, supplements and cosmetics. In 2014, where the Ayush sector was less than $3 billion, today it has increased to more than $18 billion. An unprecedented efforts has been made in the past years to promote the export of Ayush products."
Along with first being a special Ayush mark for Ayush products, Modi announced many other initiatives for Ayush sector. A new category named 'Ayush Aahar' was announced which will greatly facilitate the producers of herbal nutritional supplements.
Further, another major initiative for foreign nationals who want to come to India to take advantage of Ayush therapy was announced. India will soon introduce a special Ayush visa category.
Describing the current age of the era of unicorns, the Prime Minister informed that in the year 2022 itself, so far 14 start-ups from India have joined the Unicorn Club. "I am sure unicorns will emerge from our Ayush start-ups very soon", he stated.
Prime Minister also announced launch of Ayush Export Promotion Council and four Ayush ICT initiatives which includes Ayush Information Hub, AyuSoft, Ayush Next and Ayush GIS.
The Prime Minister also released a comic book named 'Professor Ayushman', which describes how Ayush systems and products helped in fighting not only Covid-19 but other diseases also.
Addressing the session, Tedros said that the Ayush sector is growing significantly by 17 per cent per year since 2014.
He said that Ayush industry is projected to reach $23 billion by the end of this year.
"We are exploring innovative study designs and the use of artificial intelligence to document the impact of traditional medicine practices, in cases when standard randomised trials are not possible or are difficult to undertake.
"Strengthening the evidence base of traditional medicine should facilitate its use by communities, to promote better health outcomes, economic benefits and overall impact," he added.
Read More► PM Launches Ayush Visa for Medical Tourists
Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced the launch of a special category of Ayush visa for tourists visiting India for medical tourism or treatment.
He also said that a special hallmark type of branding for Ayush products will be initiated by the ministry of Ayush to identify and give recognition to the high quality products.
Prime Minister Modi was speaking at the inauguration of three-day Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit 2022 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
"India is a very attractive destination for medical tourism. We have been witness to the rise in Kerala's tourism due to its medical industry. This model can also be replicated across the nation, where Ayurveda, Yunani, Siddha forms of traditional medicine and wellness centres can be very popular. Our government has decided to set up special Visa category to ease the Visa process for foreign travellers wishing to avail medical treatment in India and are medical tourists," he said.
Prime Minister Modi also announced that just like the BSI and ISI marks, a special Ayush mark will be created to mark the highest quality Ayush products. "This will give the global consumers a recognised and high quality assured Ayush products," the PM said.
He also announced setting up of an Ayush Park where its products will be manufactured. "The Park will give a new direction to Ayush products manufacturing in India," he stated.
The Summit inauguration was attended by the director General Dr Tedros Gebreyesus of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Prime Minister of the republic of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated various services and application related to Ayush products and services. A number of agreements were also signed for its research and development.
Read More► PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Gujarat's Jamnagar in the presence of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The GCTM will be the first and only global outpost centre for traditional medicine across the world. The video messages from the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and President of Maldives were played on the occasion.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia, Ayush Minister Sabananda Sonowal, MoS for Ayush Munjapara Mahendrabhai and Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel were among those present.
Tedros Ghebreyesus termed the centre as a truly global project as 107 WHO member countries have their country specific governmental offices which means the world will come to India for its leadership in the traditional medicine.
He said traditional medicines products are abound globally and the centre will go a long way in bringing the promise of the traditional medicine to fruition. For many regions of the world traditional medicine is the first line of treatment.
"The New Centre will focus on data, innovation and sustainability and will optimize the use of traditional medicine, he added. The centres five main areas will be research and leadership, evidence and learning, data and analytics, sustainability and equity and innovation and technology," said Tedros Ghebreyesus.
He thanked PM Modi for his leadership in providing all the support for the establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister thanked Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus for his kind words. The Prime Minister noted Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus's connect with India and his personal involvement in the project of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) he said that his affection has manifested in the shape of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine.
Prime Minister also highlighted the three-decade-long association with the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and his family and thanked him for his words and presence.
Prime Minister Modi also thanked the leaders whose video messages were played.
"The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine is a recognition of India's contribution and potential in this field. India takes this partnership as a huge responsibility for serving the entire humanity," said Modi.
Jamnagar's contributions towards wellness will get a global identity with WHO's Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, the Prime Minister said, adding that more than five decades ago, the world's first Ayurvedic University was established in Jamnagar.
The city has a quality Ayurvedic institute in Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda.
"India's traditional medicine system is not limited to treatment. It is a holistic science of life. Ayurveda goes beyond just healing and treatment. Apart from healing and treatment; social health, mental health-happiness, environmental health, sympathy, compassion and productivity are included. Ayurveda is taken as the knowledge of life and it has been deemed as fifth Veda," Modi said.
Prime Minister laid down five goals for the new Center. First, to create a database of traditional knowledge system using technology second, GCTM can create international standards for testing and certification of traditional medicines so that confidence in these medicines improves.
Third, GCTM should evolve as a platform where global experts of traditional medicines come together and share experiences. He also asked the centre to explore the possibility of an annual traditional medicine festival. Fourth, GCTM should mobilize funding for research in the field of traditional medicines. Finally, GCTM should develop protocols for holistic treatment of specific diseases so that patients could benefit from both traditional and modern medicine.
PM Modi invoked the Indian concept of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam' and prayed for whole world to always remain healthy. He said that with establishment of WHO-GCTM, this tradition will get further enriched.
Read In Hindi► आयुर्वेद को पांचवा वेद माना जाता है: प्र. मोदी
आयुष मंत्रालय और गुजरात सरकार ने आज भारत में पारंपरिक चिकित्सा के क्षेत्र में दो प्रासंगिक विकासों पर विचार-विमर्श करने के लिए एक पूर्वावलोकन प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस का आयोजन किया। जिसमें डब्ल्यूएचओ ग्लोबल सेंटर फॉर ट्रेडिशनल मेडिसिन (जीसीटीएम) की महत्वपूर्ण आयोजन और वैश्विक आयुष निवेश तथा नवाचार शिखर सम्मेलन (जीएआईआईएस) का आयोजन शामिल है। दोनों कार्यक्रम गुजरात में आयोजित किए जा रहे हैं और इनमें प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी, मॉरीशस के प्रधानमंत्री श्री प्रविंद जगन्नाथ एवं डब्ल्यूएचओ के महानिदेशक डॉ. टेड्रोस घेब्रेयसस की गरिमामयी उपस्थिति रहेगी। इन दोनों कार्यक्रमों में राजदूतों की भी गरिमायमी भागीदारी शोभा बढ़ाएगी।
डब्ल्यूएचओ ग्लोबल सेंटर फॉर ट्रेडिशनल मेडिसिन, विश्व में अपनी तरह का पहला केन्द्र है, जिसका 19 अप्रैल, 2022 को जामनगर में उद्घाटन किया जाएगा। इस केंद्र का लक्ष्य पारंपरिक चिकित्सा की क्षमता को तकनीकी प्रगति और साक्ष्य-आधारित अनुसंधान के साथ एकीकृत करना है। जामनगर इसके आधार के रूप में कार्य करेगा और इस नए केंद्र का उद्देश्य विश्व को शामिल करना और उसे लाभान्वित करना है। यह केन्द्र चार मुख्य रणनीतिक क्षेत्रों पर ध्यान केंद्रित करेगा, जिनमें साक्ष्य और शिक्षा; डेटा और विश्लेषण; स्थिरता और इक्विटी; तथा नवाचार और प्रौद्योगिकी शामिल है ताकि वैश्विक स्वास्थ्य में पारंपरिक चिकित्सा का अधिक से अधिक योगदान प्राप्त हो।
वैश्विक आयुष निवेश तथा नवाचार शिखर सम्मेलन 20 अप्रैल से 22 अप्रैल, 2022 तक गांधीनगर में आयोजित किया जाएगा। इस शिखर सम्मेलन का उद्देश्य पारंपरिक चिकित्सा के क्षेत्र में निवेश बढ़ाना और नवाचारों को प्रदर्शित करना है। यह दीर्घकालिक साझेदारी को बढ़ावा देने, निर्यात को प्रोत्साहन देने और एक स्थायी इकोसिस्टम को पोषित करने का एक अनूठा प्रयास है।
आगामी कार्यक्रमों पर टिप्पणी करते हुए, केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री श्री सर्बानंद सोनावल ने कहा कि दोनों कार्यक्रम भारत के आयुष उद्योग के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण सिद्ध होंगे। वैश्विक आयुष निवेश तथा नवाचार शिखर सम्मेलन भारत को आयुर्वेदिक और हर्बल उत्पादों के लिए वैश्विक बाजार बनाने का अवसर प्रदान करेगा। हम आज एक स्वर्ण युग के द्वार पर खड़े हैं, जहां हम अपने पारंपरिक ज्ञान का पूरा लाभ उठा सकते हैं और उसका दुनिया की सेवा करने में उपयोग कर सकते हैं। उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि डब्ल्यूएचओ ग्लोबल सेंटर फॉर ट्रेडिशनल मेडिसिन भारत की वैश्विक स्वास्थ्य के प्रति उत्कृष्ट प्रतिबद्धता का प्रतिनिधित्व करता है। उन्नत प्रौद्योगिकी और प्राचीन ज्ञान के मोड़ पर खड़े होने से हमारे सामने एकमात्र रास्ता आगे बढ़ने का भी है।
राजकोट में आयोजित प्रेस कांफ्रेंस में श्री सर्बानंद सोनावाल, केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री, डॉ. श्री मुंजपारा महेंद्रभाई कालूभाई आयुष राज्य मंत्री, श्री वैद्य राजेश कोटेचा सचिव, आयुष मंत्रालय जैसे विशिष्ट मेहमानों ने डब्ल्यूएचओ ग्लोबल सेंटर ऑफ़ ट्रेडिशनल मेडिसिन तथा वैश्विक आयुष निवेश तथा नवाचार शिखर सम्मेलन (जीएआईआईएस) की शुरुआत की। उन्होंने आयुष मंत्रालय और डब्ल्यूएचओ के बीच साझेदारी की प्रमुख विशेषताओं के बारे में भी चर्चा की और कोविड के बाद की दुनिया में पारंपरिक चिकित्सा के क्षेत्र में निवेश और नवाचारों के महत्व पर जोर दिया। इस सम्मेलन में गुजरात सरकार के स्वास्थ्य विभाग के अतिरिक्त मुख्य सचिव श्री मनोज अग्रवाल भी उपस्थित थे।
जीसीटीएम पारंपरिक चिकित्सा उत्पादों पर नीतियां और मानक निर्धारित करना चाहता है। यह देशों को एक व्यापक, सुरक्षित और उच्च गुणवत्ता वाली स्वास्थ्य प्रणाली का निर्माण करने में भी मदद करेगा। ग्लोबल वैश्विक आयुष निवेश तथा नवाचार शिखर सम्मेलन पारंपरिक उत्पादों, प्रथाओं और संबंधित सेवाओं का वैश्विक केंद्र बनने के भारत के प्रयासों को रणनीतिक बनाने की एक महत्वपूर्ण पहल है।
Today, the Ministry of Ayush and the Government of Gujarat organized a curtain raiser press conference to discuss two pertinent developments in the field of traditional medicine in India- the groundbreaking event of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) and the convening of the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit (GAIIS). Both the events are being held in Gujarat and will be graced by the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Mauritius Shri Pravind Jugnauth and the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus. There will be a galaxy of ambassadors that will grace both the events.
The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, the first of its kind in the world, will be inaugurated on April 19, 2022, in Jamnagar. The Centre aims to channel the potential of traditional medicine, by integrating it with technological advancements and evidence-based research. While Jamnagar will serve as the base, the new Centre aims to engage and benefit the world. The GCTM shall focus on four main strategic areas: evidence and learning; data and analytics; sustainability and equity; and innovation and technology to optimize the contribution of traditional medicine to global health.
The Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit will be held from April 20 to April 22, 2022, in Gandhinagar. The Summit aims to increase investments and showcase innovations in the field of traditional medicine. It is a unique attempt to foster longlasting partnerships, boost exports and nurture a sustainable ecosystem.
Commenting on the upcoming events, Shri Sarbananda Sonawal, Union Minister for Ayush said,” Both the events will mark a milestone for India’s Ayush industry. The Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit present an opportunity for India to create a global market for Ayurvedic and herbal products. We are standing at the doors of a golden era, where we can capitalize on our traditional knowledge, and use it to serve the world.” He further added, “Global Centre for Traditional Medicine represents WHO’s and India’s outstanding commitment to global health. Standing at the juncture of advanced technology and ancient wisdom, the only way ahead of us is upwards.”
At the press conference in Rajkot, esteemed guests such as Shri Sarbananda Sonawal, Union Minister for Ayush; Dr. Shri Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Minister of State for Ayush; and Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, introduced the WHO Global Centre of Traditional Medicine and Global Ayush Innovation and Investment Summit (GAIIS). They discussed the key highlights of the partnership between the Ministry of Ayush and the WHO, and emphasized the importance of investment and innovations in the field of traditional medicine in the post-Covid world. The conference was also attended by Shri Manoj Agrawal, Additional Chief Secretary, from the Health Department of the Government of Gujarat.
The GCTM seeks to set policies and standards on traditional medicine products and help countries create a comprehensive, safe, and high-quality health system. Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit is an initiative to strategize India’s efforts in becoming a global hub of traditional products, practices, and related services.
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