Measures taken by the Government to curtail mis-information via non-AYUSH Researchers

Government has issued an advisory on 2nd April 2019 regarding  scientific studies  and publication of research papers on AYUSH drugs and treatments by Non-AYUSH  Researchers/Scientists. This advisory has been issued in response to some reports published by non-AYUSH scientists/researchers with unfounded statements & conclusions to damage the credibility and sanctity of the whole systems and qualified AYUSH experts were not involved or consulted in these studies and research publications.

The objective of the advisory is based on the need of protecting public image of AYUSH and accordingly, all non-AYUSH researchers, scientists, institutions and editors of the medical & scientific journals have been advised to involve appropriate Expert/Institution/Research Council of AYUSH in conducting any scientific study/clinical trial/research intervention to explore AYUSH drug or treatment and for  publication of AYUSH-related research outcomes and findings to prevent incorrect, arbitrary and ambiguous statements and conclusions about AYUSH.

AYUSH systems are officially recognized integral part of the country’s healthcare delivery network and are promoted and mainstreamed through various policies, strategies and schemes of Government of India including the National Health Policy-2017, National Health Mission and National AYUSH Mission. Principles, concepts and approaches of AYUSH systems and their drug-based interventions are not at all comparable to the conventional medical system. Therefore, for scientific development of AYUSH systems, Central Government has inter alia established five Research Councils (namely, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences; Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine; Central Council for Research in Sidhha; Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy; and Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy) and National Institutes for postgraduate education & research in AYUSH. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines for conduct of clinical trials in Ayurvedic, Sidhha and Unani medicine have been published and Central Scheme of Extramural Research is implemented to support projects for scientific exploration of AYUSH.

Exclusive regulatory provisions are provided for Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy medicines in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules thereunder and Pharmacopoiea Commission of Indian Medicine & Pharmacopoiea Committees are in place to develop the standards of these drugs. Provisions for spurious, adulterated misbranded  Ayurvedic, Siddha   and Unani  drugs   are  defined in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 along  with  provisions of penalty  for  the  defaulters  to protect the  public. Details of these initiatives are available in the Ministry of AYUSH website- www.ayush.gov.in and are meant for developing public confidence in these systems.  Scientific studies on AYUSH are conducted in accordance with standard protocols in intramural, extramural and collaborative modes and the details of the research institutions under AYUSH Research Councils are:

Details of the number of Institutes/Centres, State/UT/Wise under Central Research Councils under Ministry of AYUSH

Name of State Ayurveda Yoga & Naturopathy Unani Siddha Homoeopathy Sowa Rigpa Total
Andhra Pradesh 1 1 2   4
Arunachal Pradesh 1   1
Assam 1 1 1   3
Bihar 1 1 1   3
Chhattisgarh  
Delhi 1 1 3 1   6
Goa  
Gujrat 1   1
Haryana 1*   1
Himachal Pradesh 1 1   2
Jammu and Kashmir 1 1 1 3
Jharkhand 1   1
Karnataka 2 1* 1 1   5
Kerala 2 1 1 1   5
Madhya Pradesh 1 2   3
Maharashtra 3 1 1   5
Manipur 1 1   2
Meghalaya  
Mizoram 1  
Telangana 1 1   3
Tripura 1   1
Nagaland 1   1
Orissa 1 1 1   3
Punjab 1   1
Rajasthan 1 1   2
Sikkim 1 1   2
Tamil Nadu 2 1 3 2   8
Uttar Pradesh 2 6 2   10
Uttrakhand 1   1
West Bengal 1 1 2   4
Name of the UT  
Andman and Nicobar 1 1   2
Chandigarh  
Dadar Nagar Haveli  
Daman & Diu  
Lakshadweep  
Puducherry 1 1   2
Total 29 3 22 7 23 1 85*

* Includes 2 Institutes under construction.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri ShripadYesso Naik in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.