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Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) in Leh as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH.

What is Sowa-Rigpa?

  • It is commonly known as Tibetan system of medicine.
  • It is one of the oldest, living and well documented medical traditions of the world.
  • It has been originated from Tibet and popularly practiced in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and Russia. It is a traditional Medical system of the Himalayan belt in India.
  • The majority of theory and practice of Sowa-Rigpa is similar to “Ayurveda”.
  • Yuthog Yonten Gonpo from Tibet is believed to be the father of Sowa Rigpa.

About NISR

  • It is an apex Institute for Sowa-Rigpa with aim of bringing a valid and useful synergy between Traditional Wisdom of Sowa-Rigpa and modern science, tools and technology.
  • It will be an autonomous National Institute with the mandate to undertake interdisciplinary education and research programmes in Sowa-Rigpa in collaboration with premier national and international Institutes and facilitate integration of different systems of medicine.
  • It will help to promote interdisciplinary research & education of Sowa-Rigpa.
  • It will provide standardized Sowa-Rigpa based tertiary health delivery.
  • The setting up of the NISR would provide a momentum for the revival of Sowa-Rigpa in the Indian Sub-continent.

[Source: PIB, Vikaspedia]


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