The Union Health Minister, Ghlam Nabi Azad inaugurated the National Research Institute of Sowa Rigpa at Leh yesterday. After the upgradation of this Centre as National Research Institute in 2009, infrastructure upgradation was taken up in this new complex spending more than Rs: 1.50 crore.
The Minister for Urban Dev. Nawang Rigzin Jora in his speech highlighted the great role of Amchis in public health in Ladakh and to make it more systematic on modern lines with proper degree and certification, the Minister put forth a demanded before the Union Health Minister to open a college in Ladakh for appropriate study of Buddhist medical system. On behalf of the people of Ladakh, Jora extended gratitude to Gh. Nabi Azad for his wholehearted support in granting recognition to Sowa Rigpa in India Medical System.
Responding to the demands raised by Mr Jora to formalize the educational system of Sowa Rigpa on modern lines, Mr. Azad informed that Sowa Rigpa committee in Central Council of Indian Medicine is being constituted that will look into the issues of curriculum and education of Amchi system and assured to find a way out to establish a college for Sowa Rigpa in Ladakh in view of its immense role in public health. The Minister also appreciated the people of Ladakh for preservation of age old manuscripts of Buddhist medicines system and its practices even today despite of highly advancement of allopathic medicines.
The Director General, Central Council for Research and Sidha, Deptt of Ayush, Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar in his welcome address expressed gratitude to Ministry of Health, GoI for support and assistance in upgradation of Sowa Rigpa National Research Institute at Leh with adequate infrastructures. He apprised the Union Health Minister about the need of scientific and technical manpower in this Institute to make it truly well in all respect.
The CEC, Rigzin Spalbar, Executive Councilors, Councilors, dignitaries, DC, Leh, SP Leh and some 50 Amchis representing various regions also attended the inaugural function.