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Research on Various Aspects of Medicinal Plants

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  • February 3, 2021
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Research on Various Aspects of Medicinal Plants

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- II – Health

In news 

  • The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH, under its Central Sector Scheme on ‘Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants’ is supporting research & development projects on various aspects of medicinal plants to government as well as private universities/research institutions/organizations across the country.    

Key takeaways

  • Researches undertaken at the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) under the Ministry of AYUSH have developed 24 new drugs. 
  • Also, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed herbal formulations through their supported researches at CSIR-CIMAP, CSIR-NBRI, and CSIR-CDRI.
  • Technology has been transferred to industry for its commercialization. 
  • ICAR- DMAPR is also focusing on researches and plant genetic resources/quality planting material. 
  • Institutes that are engaged in developing new medicines can take the advantage of such quality planting material.
  • Ministry of AYUSH under its Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of International Cooperation, (IC Scheme), undertakes various measures to promote & propagate AYUSH systems of medicine including Ayurveda across the globe.
  • Also, the CCRAS, has signed various Agreements/MoU for promotion of Ayurveda/Ayurvedic Medicines Internationally.

Important value additions 

The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) 

  • It has been established by Government of India to coordinate with all matters relating to Medicinal Plants and Support Policies and Programs for growth of trade, export, conservation and cultivation. 
  • The board is working under Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy (AYUSH).

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