AIIMS to have a full-fledged Department of Integrative Medicine
11 December 2020
Ministry of Ayush and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are working on the idea of setting up a Department of Integrative Medicine at AIIMS, to take forward the initiatives of the Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) at AIIMS, New Delhi.
The decision was taken during a joint visit and review by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, Ayush and Dr Randeep Guleria, director, AIIMS of the Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) at AIIMS.
The CIMR receives notable support through the Centre of Excellence Scheme of the ministry of Ayush. It has developed into a state-of-the-art research unit and producing high quality treatment and research outcomes.
The review took note of the cutting edge research activities being held by CIMR in the Yoga and Ayurveda disciplines and the impressive research outcomes. Ministry of Ayush and AIIMS decided to extend the duration of the research collaboration at CIMR and also to extend the scope of collaborative activities.
As the next step and to further the research work and other activities of CIMR, it was felt that setting up a dedicated OPD and IPD beds for CIMR could be the next steps in the growth and development of CIMR. Considering the increased interest of patients at AIIMS in the CIMR and the growing body of research work of the centre it was decided to further develop it into a standalone Department for Integrative Medicine at AIIMS in the near term.
The new department would have dedicated faculty and staff to make it into a permanent department at AIIMS.
CIMR, AIIMS may develop an integrated protocol with Ayurveda and Yoga for study on Post-Covid treatment, with the Ayush ministry pooling in resources through Extra Mural Research Scheme.
The meeting also reviewed the progress in establishing integrated Ayush cancer care facilities at the National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar, Haryana. It was decided to follow it up and expedite the process for early establishment and functioning of the centre.