The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush for regulating medical education and conducting scientific research respectively, have launched ‘SMART’ (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) program.

 

What is SMART?

  • Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals (SMART) is aimed to boost scientific research in priority healthcare research areas through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals.
  • The proposed initiative is conceptualised with an objective to identify, support and promote innovative research ideas in healthcare research areas including Osteoarthritis, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Chronic Bronchitis, Dyslipidemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Psoriasis, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  • The eligible Ayurveda academic institutions may apply by 10 January, 2023.
  • All details regarding contact information, eligibility criteria and application process has been shared to all recognised academic institutions and hospitals through NCISM.
  • The ‘SMART’ program will motivate teachers for taking up projects in designated areas of healthcare research and create a large database.