Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for a better outcome in research and academics through Siddha

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Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Ayush, Port, Shipping, and Waterways, stated on Saturday that he anticipated greater research and academic outputs through Siddha. This was said by him as he opened the new OPD Block of the Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital of the National Institute of Siddha (NIS) and the new headquarters office building for the Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS). The cost of creating the OPD block, which serves the needs of the general population, was Rs 35 crore, compared to Rs 13 crore for the headquarters office building. On May 2, 2018, former Secretary of State for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stones for both projects after they had received approval from the Ayush Ministry.

The former Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha was divided in 2010, and the new Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS), an independent organisation under the Ayush Ministry with its headquarters in Chennai, was created. It operated here from 2012 to 2022 after operating in New Delhi up until that point. Siddha Central Research Institute Research and development would receive a boost thanks to the headquarters office, which is a crucial condition for globalisation. Sonowal stated, “I am anticipating much greater results in research and academics from CCRS and NIS. Senior officials including Health Minister Ma Subramanian of Tamil Nadu were present.

According to him, CCRS has conducted significant research and development on a number of non-communicable conditions, including diabetes mellitus, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, fibroid uterus, and urolithiasis, as well as communicable conditions including dengue, chikungunya, and COVID-19. Additionally, the Union Minister distributed Amukkara Chooranam tablets as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign and mentioned the accomplishments of CCRS.

Speaking at the event, Subramanian stated that the State administration would give a thorough response to Governor R N Ravi, who had asked for explanations on the Siddha University Bill, which was spearheaded by Chief Minister M K Stalin and approved by the Assembly, within a week. In collaboration with legal professionals, a thorough response is being written and will be delivered to the governor’s office within a week, he said. He hoped that the Central government and Governor would back the Chief Minister’s intention to found the nation’s first Siddha medical university in Tamil Nadu.

In April, the Assembly approved the Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical University Bill 2022, which was then forwarded to the Governor for approval. Subramanian continued, “We sincerely hope that the Governor will expedite the clearance and promote the Siddha system of medicine in Tamil Nadu upon receiving the clarification. He stated that efforts were being made to establish a garden of medicinal plants in Dindigul for the creation of natural medications. Among those who spoke were Professor Dr. K. Kanakavalli, Director General of CCRS, Professor Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director of NIS, Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary, Ayush Ministry, P. Senthil Kumar, Principal Secretary of Tamil Nadu’s Department of Health and Family Welfare, S. Ganesh, Commissioner of TN’s Directorate of Indian Medicine, Mayor of Tambaram Corporation, and S. R. Raja, MLA.

Mayank Tewari

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