is being upgraded to a 250 bed hospital. A new hospital building has been constructed
                by CPWD with additional diagnostic facilities. The academic block has also been
                augmented from three storey structure to seven.
           (iv) National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bengaluru: It offers 8 post-graduate level course
                in Unani with intake capacity of 47 students and has a 180 bedded hospital. The institute
                regularly organizes academic activities like CME programmes, workshops, seminars and
                guest lectures. The hospital of the institute provides clinical services to the patients from
                general and specialty OPDs for skin diseases, GIT and hepato-billiary disorders,
                neurological disorders, psychiatric and geriatric care.
            (v) National Institute of Siddha, Chennai: It offers 06 post-graduate courses in Siddha with
                intake capacity of 46 students, provides medical care and undertakes research to
                promote and propagate the Siddha system of medicine. A 160 bedded In-patient facility
                provide medical care in accordance with respective PG Departments. The institute
                organises two medical camps on every Saturday, one in rural area and the other in semi-
                urban area to provide free medical facilities to promote the Siddha Medicine as well as
                community oriented approach to students.
      New Autonomous Institutes
            (i) All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi: It is conceived as an apex institute for
                Ayurveda with 200 bed referral hospital. The Institute offers postgraduate and Ph.D.
                courses in Ayurveda with intake capacity of 84 students in 18 post-graduate courses.
                OPD is already operational in the Institute.
           (ii) North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homeopathy, Shillong: The project consists of
                Ayurveda and homoeopathy colleges along with attached hospitals of Ayurveda and
                Homoeopathy with a capacity of 100 and 50 beds respectively.
      Research in AYUSH
            The government has set-up five autonomous research councils, namely, Central Council for
      Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga &
      Naturopathy (CCRYN), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicines (CCRUM), Central
      Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
      (CCRH) with the mandate to under-take research in their respective system. Recently, for the
      management of diabetes mellitus, the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic
      Sciences(CCRAS) has developed a formulation namely, AYUSH-82 from 05 Ayurvedic
      medicinal plants. The trials of the drug has shown significant reduction in blood sugar level
      along with clinical improvement. No toxic effects were noted during the trial. CCRAS has
      initiated action to commercialize AYUSH-82.
            In addition to its research work, the 81 institutes under the Council also provide healthcare
      facilities. The CCRH through its programme namely, Homoeopathy for Healthy Child enrolled
      40,000 children with an aim to help them during dentition period and treatment of disease.
      National Medicinal Plants Board
            National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) is an apex national body which co-ordinates all
      matters relating to medicinal plants sector in the country. The Board was established in 2000 and
      acts as advisory body to the concerned ministries, departments and Agencies in strategic