At present more than 140 research projects, supported under the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) on various aspects of medicinal plants, are ongoing in various universities and research organisations in different states of the country, replying to a question, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik said in the Rajya Sabha today.
Presently, research projects on various aspects such as literary research, survey, identification, documentation, micropropagation, agrotechnology, drug standardisation, pharmacological and clinical research among other values of medicinal plants are being carried out. The research is being supported by different ministries and departments of Government of India like Ministry of AYUSH; Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change; Ministry of Agriculture & Family Welfare; Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology under their concerned schemes and programmes, the Minister said.
Under the Ministry of AYUSH, different Research Councils such as Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) are engaged in research and development activities on medicinal plants used in concerned system of medicine. In addition, the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, under its Central Sector Scheme on “Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” is also supporting research and development projects on various aspects on medicinal plants to number of government as well as private universities and research institutions across the country, Naik informed the Rajya Sabha.
Some of the premier research institutions and organisations doing research on medicinal value of plants are: Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP)- Lucknow, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI)- Lucknow, Indian Institute for Integrative Medicines (IIIM)- Jammu, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT)- Palampur, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI)- Lucknow, North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST)- Jorhat under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR)- Anand, Gujarat under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Indian Council of Forestry and Education (ICFRE)- Dehradun, and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), he said.