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New Delhi : Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated India’s first State of art Virology Laboratory at Dr Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Kolkata, on September 12, 2017.

The Minister, in his inaugural  address, appreciated the popularity of Homoeopathy in West Bengal. Naik said that this laboratory has been established to develop new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases. In this context, the Minister expressed his satisfaction over selection of this laboratory by the Calcutta University to undertake research work of the PhD students in Homoeopathy, according to a PIB release.

The laboratory, established at a cost of Rs 8 crore, is the only one in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Chickunguniya and Swine Flu. New drugs and technologies would also be developed here to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases, according to the PIB release.
The AYUSH Minister also appreciated efforts of the National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH), Kolkata, which is imparting higher education and training in homoeopathy under the Ministry of AYUSH and urged that both the institutes could forge an active collaboration on practical training to the students and research scholars in virus research, both in laboratory and in the field jointly.
Naik expressed happiness over Council’s initiatives of establishing a Centre of Excellence in Fundamental Research in Homoeopathy at IIEST, Howrah, to undertake fundamental research studies in homoeopathy with an inter-disciplinary approach. 

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