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About SMART Program

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Why in News?

Recently, the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush, have launched ‘SMART’ program.

About SMART Program

  • Through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals, the SMART (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) programme seeks to advance scientific research.
  • The vast community of Ayurveda instructors’ research potential has been found to be mostly untapped.
  • Thus, the “SMART” programme will greatly benefit the country and have a profound, long-lasting renewing effect on ayurvedic research.
  • It seeks to recognise, encourage, and support cutting-edge research proposals in the fields of osteoarthritis, iron deficiency anaemia, chronic bronchitis, dyslipidemia, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis, generalised anxiety disorder, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  • The programme will inspire teachers to undertake research projects in specific fields of healthcare and build a sizable database.

December 2023