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New Delhi : Union Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 12, 2022, laid foundation of Panchakarma Block at Central Ayurveda Research Institute (CARI) at Borsajai and a Panchakarma Centre of Excellence at State Ayurveda College at Jalukbari, Guwahat, Assam. The estimated cost of these centres is Rs 20 crores.

The event was also attended by the Minister of Health & Family Welfare and IT in Government of Assam Keshab Mahanta and Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha from Guwahati Queen Oja.

A Centre of Excellence for Panchakarma will be established at the State Ayurvedic College. The State Ayurvedic Pharmacy will also be upgraded under Ayurswastha Yojana of Ministry of AYUSH. The total of cost of these initiatives is Rs10 crore.

The Panchakarma Block at CARI will be a G+2 building and the Pharmacology and Chemistry Laboratories will be a G+3 building. The built-up cost for these two buildings will also be Rs 10 crore.

The new buildings for Panchkarma will help in providing world class training course for skill development. The pharmacology and  chemistry building at CARI will help in pre-clinical experimental procedures, drugs standardisation, chemical testing for any herb, animal related toxicology report et, the first of its kind facility in the Northeast, according to a PIB release.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, “ We are fortunate that AaiDharitri has bestowed on us a rich flora which can unlock huge potential in Ayurveda in Assam and the whole of Northeast. These initiatives will enhance our capability to perform Panchakarma, the world famous and the pride of traditional Indian medicinal practice. The other facilities will enhance capability to build popular consciousness around Ayurveda with evidence based medical sciences.We must seize this opportunity to build Ayurveda – the wonder of India – a truly global phenomenon to serve humanity.”