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NIA inks MoU with Malaysian University to popularise research in Ayurveda

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In order to enhance and popularise research in Ayurvedic medicine industry in India, National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) has entered into collaboration with Malaysia-based private university.

According to a statement by the Indian High Commission, Sanjeev Sharma, Director of NIA Jaipur and Ling Liong Sik, Council Chairman of Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), have signed the MoU.

The MoU between the two educational institutions would help UTAR in starting a faculty of Ayurveda for conducting Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes with the assistance of NIA.

The High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur and University of Malaya brought out a bilingual book in English and Bahasa Malaya in 2015 titled ‘Ayurveda: Science and Practice’.

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Other than the collaboration, the two countries already have set up a bilateral Technical Commission between Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. The two ministries meet annually and the 4th bilateral meeting will be held later this month in Kuala Lumpur.

The Indian government also offers 20 scholarships to Malaysian student every year to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda and in other systems of traditional and complementary medicine in India.

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