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Ayurveda Gyan Naipunya Initiative (AGNI)

Why is it in the news?

  • The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS) has launched the Ayurveda Gyan Naipunya Initiative (AGNI).


About AGNI

  • Platform for Ayurveda Practitioners: AGNI serves as a platform for Ayurveda practitioners to share innovative practices and experiences related to various disease conditions.
  • Promoting Evidence-Based Practice: The initiative aims to foster a culture of evidence-based practice among Ayurveda practitioners, emphasizing the importance of scientific evidence in treatment approaches.
  • Database Creation: AGNI seeks to create a comprehensive database that documents successful therapeutic regimens for a wide range of disease conditions. This includes information about single drugs, formulations, and medical procedures that have proven effective.
  • Capacity Building: AGNI offers training in research methods and good clinical practices for Ayurveda practitioners who are interested in conducting research and contributing to evidence-based healthcare.
  • Research and Mainstreaming: The initiative also focuses on research activities aimed at mainstreaming pragmatic Ayurvedic practices. This involves scientific validation and evidence-based appraisal of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies.


Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS)

  • CCRAS is an autonomous body operating under the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) in India.
  • Its primary aim is to formulate, coordinate, develop, and promote research activities in the field of Ayurveda and the Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine.


Other Initiatives by CCRAS:

  • Studentship Program for Ayurveda Research Ken (SPARK): To support research ideas proposed by young undergraduate students enrolled in Ayurveda colleges across India.
  • Scheme for Training in Ayurveda Research for PG Scholars (PG-STAR): To promote high-quality research among post-graduate students pursuing courses in Ayurveda.
  • Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals (SMART): To enhance scientific research activities in the domain of Ayurveda through collaboration with Ayurveda colleges and hospitals.

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