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The Ministry of AYUSH - Function, Objective, AYUSH Courses, Affiliated Colleges

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalUpdated On: February 26, 2021 04:17 pm IST | AIAPGET

After observing a noted increase in the AYUSH health care in India, it became a ministry in its own in 2014. The Ministry promotes the six Indian systems of medicine: Yoga, Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Siddha.  

All About the Ministry of AYUSH

The Ministry of AYUSH is an initiative by the Government of India to promote the propagation and development of AYUSH systems of health care and medicine in India. AYUSH, abbreviated for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, was formed on November 9, 2014. In March 1995, the Department of Indian System of Medicine was created, which was later renamed as AYUSH in the year 2003. The objective of creating the department was to focus on providing attention to the development of the prevalent and practised six Indian systems of medicine: Yoga, Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Siddha.

In the year 2006, the concept of ‘mainstreaming the AYUSH and revitalisation of local health traditions’ was introduced. This resulted in the strengthening of public health services, utilisation of untapped AYUSH therapeutics, workforce and management principles for health problems at different levels.

The Ministry of AYUSH - Objectives and Function

The objectives and functions of the Ministry of AYUSH include:

  • To strengthen the implementation of national and community health programmes.

  • To strengthen the functionality of different facilities

  • To promote the development and growth of Siddha System of Medicine all around the world.

  • To promote research conduction on various aspects of Siddha Medicine.

  • To provide postgraduate students with high-quality teaching.

  • To promote postgraduate students with knowledge and research aptitude in the subjects of Modern Science.

  • To promote AYUSH Medicine systems via cost-effective services and grant universal access through the upgradation of AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries.

  • To strengthen educational systems and facilitate quality control of Unani, Siddha and Ayurveda.

The Ministry of AYUSH - Research Councils/ Departments

To administer the different medicine systems encompassed by the Ministry of AYUSH, it has five research councils or departments. These different departments manage relevant projects and institutions all over the country.

  • Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)

  • Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN)

  • Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM)

  • Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS)

  • Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)

The Ministry of AYUSH - Affiliated Courses

There are hundreds of undergraduate, postgraduate and Diploma courses affiliated by the Ministry of AYUSH. These courses cover Ayurvedic Medicine, Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Homeopathic Medicine, Unani Medicine and Siddha Medicine system. Where you might find fewer options in undergraduate AYUSH courses, you will be surprised to see the plethora of Postgraduate (mostly MD and MS) AYUSH courses available in India.

You can explore all the affiliated AYUSH courses along with their eligibility criteria, admission process and more.

The Ministry of AYUSH - Affiliated National Institutes

The Ministry of AYUSH has several professional academic faculties and research institutes all over the country that are dedicated to various forms of alternative medicine. The national institutes under the Ministry of AYUSH include the following.

Institute’s Name

Year of Establishment


Important Information and Links

National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA)

7th February 1976

Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur and The Central Council of Indian Medicine

Degrees offered are BAMS, MS/ MD, PhD, Certificate Courses, DANP

Universal Group of Institutions (UGI), Mohali


Parul University, Gujarat

2009PrivateDegrees Offered BHMS, BAMS

Shobhit University, Meerut

2005PrivateDegrees offered are BAMS, Diploma Courses

Sanskriti University, Mathura

2016PrivateDegrees offered are BNYS, BUMS, BAMS

National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN)

2nd December 1986

Autonomous Body

Promotes Modern Naturopathy, provides yoga classes, acupressure clinics, health workshops, etc.

National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM)


Autonomous Body

Only PG intakes. Check out the courses offered.

National Institute of Siddha (NIS)


Ministry of AYUSH

MD and PhD courses are offered.

National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH)


West Bengal University of Health Sciences

Courses offered are BHMS and MD

Institute of Post-Graduate Training and Research in Ayurveda, (I.P.G.T.R.A.)


Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar and NAAC ‘A’ Grade

Courses offered are B.Pharm and D.Pharm (Ayurveda), BAMS, PG Dip (Ayurveda), MD/ MS and PhD

Rashtriya Ayurved Vidyapeeth (RAV)


Ministry of AYUSH

Promotes Vidyapeeth

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY)


Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi

Check out the courses offered at MDNIY

North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM)




North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH)



Degree courses in BAMS and BHMS

All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)


Autonomous Organisation

Known for its MD programmes.

Ministry of AYUSH - UG and PG Courses

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