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India’s National Institute of Ayurveda and a Malaysia-based private university have signed an MoU to enhance cooperation in research and popularisation of Ayurvedic medicine in this country. The MoU was signed by Sanjeev Sharma, Director of the Jaipur-based NIA and Ling Liong Sik, Council Chairman of Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), said a statement from Indian High Commission. The MoU would also enable NIA to assist UTAR in starting a faculty of Ayurveda for full-fledged Bachelors and Masters degree programmes for Ayurveda in Malaysia, it said.
India and Malaysia have a strong collaboration in the field of traditional and complimentary medicine. At the governmental level, the two countries have set up a bilateral Technical Commission between Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Ministry of AYUSH, which meets annually. The 4th bilateral meeting ‘Technical Meeting’ will be held later this month in Kuala Lumpur. India has deputed an Ayurveda doctor and two therapists to the Malaysia’s Ministry of Health since 2014 and a Siddha doctor is expected to arrive here soon.
India has also gifted two ‘Shirodhara’ machines to Malaysia. Every year the Indian government offers 20 scholarships to Malaysians to pursue Bachelors’ degree in Ayurveda and other systems of traditional and complimentary medicine in India, which has gone up over the years. The High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur and University of Malaya brought out a bilingual book in English and Bahasa Malaya in 2015 titled ‘Ayurveda: Science and Practice.