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102 new Ayush Medical Colleges proposed to come up for the Academic Year 2022-23

Gireesh Babu, New Delhi
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCISM) and National Commission for Homeopathy (NCH) have received proposals to set up nine new Government Ayush Medical Colleges and 93 new private Ayush Medical Colleges, apart from 23 Homeopathic, four Siddha, one Unani and one Sowa Riga medical colleges from private institutions for the Academic Year 2022-23.

This is besides the 717 Ayush Medical Colleges functioning across the country, according to the Central Government.

Out of the nine Government Ayurveda Medical Colleges proposed, six are expected to come up in Rajasthan, while one each are proposed in Bihar, Haryana and Maharashtra.

Of the private Ayurveda Institutes, 29 are proposed in the State of Uttar Pradesh, 23 in Maharashtra, while seven are in Bihar, eight in Gujarat, three in Haryana, seven in Karnataka, six in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, two in Rajasthan, one each in Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

The proposals for all the four new private Siddha Medical Colleges are from the State of Tamil Nadu. The only Sowa Rigpa Medical College is proposed in Karnataka, at the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru, while the only proposal for private Unani Medical College is from Madhya Pradesh, from Sadar Unani Medical College, Village of Khamkheda, Bhopal.

Out of the 23 proposed private homeopathy medical colleges, 12 are expected to come up in Gujarat, while six are in Maharashtra, two in Madhya Pradesh and one each in Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The Central government has said that the Satellite Centres of the existing National Institutes namely National Institutes of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur is being established at Panchkula, Haryana and All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi is being established at Goa. These institutes will impart education in Ayurveda Systems of medicine.

The Central Government along with the State governments have approved financial assistance to the tune of Rs 71.61 crore from the year 2018-19, towards upgradation of Ayush educational institutions and setting up of new Ayush Educational institutions under National Ayush Mission (NAM). Interestingly, no amount was approved during the year 2021-22, while a mere Rs 6.19 crore was approved during the year 2020-21, according to the data released by the Central government.

While public health is a State subject and upgradation of Ayush Educational Institutions and establishment of new Ayush Colleges in the States comes under the purview of respective State and Union Territory Governments, said Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ayush, in a reply in the Lok Sabha recently.

The Ministry of Ayush is implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of NAM through States and Union Territories and under NAM, there is provision of financial assistance for upgradation of existing Government and Government aided Ayush Educational Institutions and establishment of new Ayush Colleges in the States, where availability of Ayush teaching institutions is inadequate in Government sector.


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