Ayurveda Bill, Ministry of Ayush

The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020


Introduced by

Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik

Minister of State for AYUSH


Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) is the first institution with Institute of National importance (INI) status in the AYUSH sector, i.e the institution will be an independent body to take decisions for course content, methods and practices in teaching.


Salient Points ()

Merger of three Ayurvedic institutes

    1. The Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar,
    2. Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Jamnagar
    3. The Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jamnagar.

Functions of Institute

  1. The institutes will provide teachings, prescribe courses and curriculum and hold examinations for  both undergraduate and postgraduate program.
  2. It will maintain colleges, hospitals  for support staffs (such as nurses and pharmacists). 
  3. There will be 15 member governing body to exercise powers.


Background Basics ()

Ayurveda is not perceived at par with Allopathy medicine.

Ayurveda treatment is still seen as alternative medicine and not main stream

There is a need for advance evaluation methodology

Ayurvedic medicine has lot of unrealized potential to treat patients


Key Stats ()

# of ayurvedic training centers in India


# of seats available for students in government colleges



10 Feb 2020
19 Mar 2020
16 Sep 2020

WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

To provide the status of national importance for Ayurveda

Will develop patterns of teaching in medical education in Ayurveda and pharmacy

To bring together educational facilities for training of personnel in all branches of Ayurveda

To attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate education to meet the need for specialists and medical teachers in Ayurveda

This will help to make an in-depth study and research in the field of Ayurveda. 

WHY NOT (as per opposition)

Salient Points ()

The bill is incorporating Patanjali institute for Yoga and Naturopathy

The opposition questioned  for setting up of institutes in Gujarat only and not any other state - Shashi Tharoor

The institute should be set up in Delhi, Kerela or West Bengal - Saugata Roy, TMC



Videos ()


Yes, Ayurvedic medicine is accredited under CCIM (central council of Indian Medicine)

Yes, Ayurvedic practitioner performs surgery as it has Shalyatantra and ShalakyaTantra which deals with Surgery.

Conditions such as spinal cord disorders, bone disorder, arthritis and cancer are covered by insurance companies.


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