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[pib] Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) launches PRAGATI-2024


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: CCRAS and its functioning

Why in the news?

  • The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is hosting “PRAGATI-2024” at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, to promote collaboration and research opportunities between CCRAS and the Ayurveda drug industry.

About Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)  

    • The CCRAS is an autonomous body of the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India.
    • It was established in 1978 to formulate, coordinate, develop, and promote research on scientific lines in the Ayurveda and Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine.
  • Primary Objectives:
    • Research: To undertake research to scientifically establish the efficacy of Ayurvedic practices.
    • Development: To develop and promote Ayurveda science through research and education.
    • Integration: To integrate traditional Ayurvedic methods with modern medicine for more comprehensive healthcare.

Functions of CCRAS

  • Research Studies: Conducting various types of research studies like drug research, fundamental research, clinical research, literary research, and medicinal plant research.
  • Publication: Publishing scientific journals, research papers, and other documentation to disseminate knowledge.
  • Medicinal Plant Development: Focusing on the cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants used in Ayurveda.
  • Public Health Initiatives: Implementing public health programs and providing training to practitioners.

Achievements of CCRAS:

  • Development of Ayurvedic Formulations: CCRAS has developed several notable Ayurvedic formulations and technologies, which have been patented and commercialised.
  • National Ayurveda Morbidity Codes: CCRAS has developed morbidity codes and standard terminologies to standardise the practice of Ayurveda.
  • AYUSH Research Portal: A comprehensive database of research on Ayurveda, which includes information on drugs, case studies, and clinical trials.

Notable Projects:

  • Golden Triangle Partnership: A collaborative project with CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) for enhancing the scientific validation of Ayurveda.
  • Tribal Health Care Research Program: Aimed at documenting ethno-medical knowledge and validating it for scientific purposes.


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