GUWAHATI, July 28 - Union Minister of AYUSH Shripad Naik today unveiled the statue of Dhanvantari at the Government Ayurvedic College here. He also took part in the laying of the foundation stone of a canteen cum guesthouse and a girls� hostel at the college. Pijush Hazarika, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam, was also present at the programme.
�I am happy to be here, which is one of the oldest ayurveda colleges in the history of serving mankind for the last seven decades. Today, I remember the spirit and temperament of the regional leaders of Assam in establishing and giving shape to this, especially late Dr Bhuvneshwar Baruah and late Dr Jagdish Chandra Bhattacharya,� the Union Minister said in his speech.
�The Government of India has given priority to the traditional knowledge of all the states in the country, especially in the north-east region. Assam itself is very rich in traditional medicines for thousands of years. Assam and its adjacent regions are also rich in flora and fauna and it has scope to rejuvenate the science of AYUSH in general and ayurveda in particular. In the present context of health scenario, scientific spirit is the need of the hour,� Naik said.
The Union Minister further said, �The Government Ayurvedic College, Guwahati has been catering to the needs of Assam and the North East by producing dedicated ayurvedic practitioners. I urge the faculty here to strengthen the research facilities as it will enhance the scope of ayurveda treatments.�
State Minister Hazarika said the Government of Assam has given Rs 10 crore to strengthen the infrastructure of the college.