Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal lays foundation for multiple Ayush Initiatives worth ₹100 crores

Sonowal lays foundation of Assam’s second Ayurvedic College in Dudhnoi, Ayush hospitals in Kokrajhar and Baksa

DUDHNOI-  The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone for the second Ayurvedic College of Assam since independence here today. Sonowal also laid foundation stones for construction of two 50 bedded Ayush hospitals at Mowamarirjhar in Kokrajhar and  at Silbari in Baksa, virtually from here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Under the  leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Assam is reaping benefits of the many welfare initiatives transforming the lives of the people and enriching their quality of daily lives.

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The new college will be developed with an estimated cost of ₹70 crores. The Ministry of Ayush approved the proposal for establishment of Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara in 2022-23. It is to be noted that the first Ayurvedic College was established way back in 1948 in Guwahati by Bharat Ratna Lok Priya Gopinath Bordoloi.

The 50 bedded Integrated Ayush hospitals will be developed with an investment of ₹30 crores. The college will have one G+3 College building, one boys hostel, one girls hostel, staff quarter, principal’s quarter, among other equipments, furnitures, books etc.

The college, which will be adjacent to the Integrated Ayush Hospitals, inaugurated by Sarbananda Sonowal in July, 2023, will be developed in 93 bighas of land. The state PWD will be executing agency and will be completed within 30 months.

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The new college in Dudhnoi will have a student intake capacity for 100 students who will be studying the undergraduate course (BAMS). Provisions have been made to start the postgraduate courses later on. The infrastructure will also feature top class research laboratory that will enable intra & interdisciplinary research, with a special focus to be developed as a knowledge hub for cultivation of medicinal plants in the entire region.

The students will also have access to facilities to learn preventive as well as curative health care with OPD and IPD facilities offering specialty treatments like Panchkarma, Kayachikitsa, Vata-Vyadhi, Rasayana, Vajikaran, Lifestyle and Metabolic disorders, Yoga etc.

The Ministry of Ayush has released ₹139.11 crores as centre’s share to Assam till 2023-24. As many as 8 integrated Ayush hospitals have been approved by the Ministry, of which, 2 are already functional.

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The Ministry has also approved 500 Ayushman Arogya Mandirs, out of which, 289 are already operational. 100 new Ayush dispensaries were approved and are also being constructed.

The newly opened Integrated Ayush Hospital in Dudhnoi has been offering treatment to thousands of people since it began operation in July, 2023. Nearly 10,000 people have availed treatment in this hospital since. The hospital, built with an investment of ₹48 lakhs, offers 73 types of essential Ayurvedic medicine to patients suffering from multiple ailments.

The event was also attended by the Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Information Technology, Govt of Assam, Keshab Mahanta; the Chief Executive Member (CEM), Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC), Tankeswar Rabha among senior officials of the state and union government were also present.


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