New Delhi \u2013 Union government has increased the financial support from Rs 9 crore to Rs 70 crore to ensure more Ayush colleges are opened across the country. Union Minister for Ayush and Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal made the big announcement on Saturday. Sarbananda Sonowal was addressing a conference on \u2018Diverse and Fulfilling Career Paths in Ayush Systems: Education, Entrepreneurship & Employment Focus on North eastern States\u2019 in Guwahati.\n\n\n\nUnion minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that there are only a few Ayush colleges in the North-East and the Indian traditional medicine systems can only be popularised by making available more qualified practitioners.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cFor this purpose, more Ayush teaching colleges may be required to come up in the North East States. Earlier under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission provided financial support of Rs 9 crores to state governments to open new Ayush colleges. Now, the Government of India has enhanced this amount to Rs 70 crore. States may identify the land and manpower for this purpose and avail this opportunity as per the guidelines of the NAM,\u201d Sarbananda Sonowal said.\n\n\n\nSarbananda Sonowal added that the Ministry of Ayush has also accorded in-principle approval for upgrading the Government Ayurvedic College, Jalukbari, Assam as the Centre of Excellence with the support of up to Rs 10 crore. He said that his Ministry provides Rs 5 crore to upgrade the under-graduate teaching colleges and Rs 6 crores to improve the infrastructure of post graduate institutions.\n\n\n\nSarbananda Sonowal also announced the starting of a Panchkarma Technician course affiliated to Health Sector Skill Council - National Skill Development Corporation at Central Ayurveda Research Institute (CARI), Guwahati with 10 seats for 10+2 students to produce skilled manpower for Panchkarma therapy in NE region and enhance the employment opportunities in that part of the country.\n\n\n\n\u201cCareer opportunities in the Ayush sector for professionals of all disciplines have increased dramatically during recent years. Moreover, consequent to these efforts, faith in the Ayush cesystems has been restored among communities worldwide,\u201d Sarbananda Sonowal said. He added that Ayush has a great potential to cater to a large number of healthcare needs of people and contribute to the growth and development of this country.\n\n\n\nMinister of Health and Family Welfare and Science & Technology and Information and Broadcasting in the Government of Assam, Keshab Mahanta, was the guest of honour at the conference.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Ministry of Ayush had earlier this month successfully held a landmark conference of Ayush ministers of all north-eastern states and deliberated upon the developing the infrastructure for popularizing Ayush stream in the region. Today\u2019s conference was the next step with experts discussing the education and career opportunities in Ayush.\n\n\n\nThe presentation on \u2018Career Opportunities, Education in Ayurveda\u2019 was made by Vaidya Jayant Yeshwant Deopujari, Chairperson of National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM). It was followed by session on Career opportunity and Exploration of Potential of Ayush in North Eastern States. In this session, Prof. Sanjeev Sharma, Director, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur gave a lecture on \u2018Education & Career Opportunities in Ayurveda in North Eastern States\u2019 and Dr. N. Srikanth, Director General, CCRAS, New Delhi spoke on \u2018Research & Development in North Eastern States India\u2019.\n\n\n\nLecture on \u2018Career Opportunities in Homeopathy; Industrial Perspective in North Eastern States\u2019 was given by Dr. Subhas Singh, Director, NIH, Kolkata; lecture on \u2018Career Opportunities Education in Homeopathy in North Eastern States was given by Dr. Tarkeshwar Jain, Secretary, NCH, New Delhi and \u2018Research & Development and Public Health in North East India\u2019 was given by Dr. Subhash Chaudhary, NIH, Kolkata.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSimilarly, a lecture on \u2018Research Education and Career Opportunity in Unani\u2019 was given by Professor Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM, New Delhi; on \u2018Research Education and Career Opportunity in Siddha\u2019 was given by Professor Dr K Kanakavalli, Director General, CCRS, Chennai; on \u2018Research Education and Career Opportunity in Sowa-Rigpa\u2019 by Dr Padma Gurmeet, Director, NRIS, Leh and \u2018Research Education and Career Opportunity in Yoga & Naturopathy\u2019 was given by Dr Raghvendra Rao, Director, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, New Delhi. This session is followed by presentation of representatives of Ayush Industries on \u2018Career opportunity & Entrepreneurship: Industry perspective\u2019 which followed Interactive Session with Ayush Students and Scholars from different areas of North eastern states.\n\n\n\nAbout 250 participants, including the officials from the Ministry of Ayush, Ayush Institutes and Research Councils and Ayush Colleges in NE States attended the conference.