MINISTRY OF AYUSH GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

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Created in 1995 as the Department of Indian Systemsof Medicine and Homeopathy, it was renamed as Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) inNovember 2003. The department has become a full-_edged Ministry inNovember 2014. The Ministry focuses on upgrading AYUSH educational standards, implementing qualitycontrol and drug standardization, improving  heavailability of medicinal plant material, aidingresearch and development and generating awarenessabout the e_cacy of the systems, within the countryand overseas. Its declared objectives are as follows:Upgrade the educational standards in the Indiansystems of medicine and in homeopathy colleges inthe country. Strengthen existing research institutionsand ensure a time-bound research programme onindentured diseases for which these systems have aneffective treatment. Draw up schemes for promotion, cultivation andregeneration of medicinal plants used in thesesystems. Evolve pharmacopoeia! standards for Indiansystems of medicine and homeopathic drugs.