MINISTRY OF AYUSH
Created in 1995 as the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, it was renamed as Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) in November 2003. The department has become a full-fledged Ministry in November 2014. The Ministry focuses on upgrading AYUSH educational standards, implementing quality control and drug standardization, improving the availability of medicinal plant material, aiding research and development and generating awareness about the efficacy of the systems, within the country and overseas. Its declared objectives are as follows: Upgrade the educational standards in the Indian systems of medicine and in homoeopathy colleges in the country.
Strengthen existing research institutions and ensure a time-bound research programme on identified diseases for which these systems have an effective treatment. Draw up schemes for promotion, cultivation and regeneration of medicinal plants used in these systems. Evolve pharmacopoeial standards for Indian systems of medicine and homoeopathic drugs.