As compared to only one new ayurveda college getting permission from the government in the last three years, the centre has given permission to as many as 18 new such colleges as a step to promote this traditional science and revive its fortunes.
According to the Ayush Ministry, which is in charge of yoga, unani, siddha, ayurveda, naturopathy and homeopathy, the distribution of the colleges is as follows-
Uttar Pradesh "“ 7; Maharashtra "“ 3; Rajasthan "“ 2; Other states "“ 6.
Last year, a total of 30 proposals were received, of which, only one was granted approval. No approvals were given in 2011 & 2012.
Presently, the number of ayurveda colleges in the country stand at 281. These colleges have 15057 graduate and 3081 post graduate seats for the students.
The government has set up a committee to look into the measures needed to integrate the basics of yoga and ayurveda into existing orthodox treatment. This committee suggested a number of reforms in the legal framework, medical education and research.
In September, the Government came up with NAM (National Ayush Mission) to further press the agenda of bringing ayurveda to the mainstream of medical education.
The steps to be taken under NAM include increase in the number of Ayush dispensaries and hospitals and enhancing the quality of drug laboratories and pharmacies.
One of the sources in the ministry added "On one hand many Ayush education centres are in poor shape and on the other, lack of quality control often makes people suspect the practitioners and quality of drugs they provide,"