<<02.05.2018>>Foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of New OPD Block of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, National Institute of Siddha and Construction of CCRS Headquarters office held on 2nd May 2018 at NIS campus.

Foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of New OPD Block of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, National Institute of Siddha and Construction of CCRS Headquarters office held on 2nd May 2018 at NIS campus. Hon’ble Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India has laid the foundation stone and delivered Chief-guest address. Padma Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha ji, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly Shri S.R.Raja ji, Prof.Dr.V.Banumathi, Director, National Institute of Siddha,  Prof.Dr.R.S.Ramasamy, Director General, CCRAS participated.

Hon’ble Minister’s Chief-guest address: 

Padma Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha ji, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly Shri S.R.Raja ji, Prof.Dr.V.Banumathi, Director, National Institute of Siddha,  Prof.Dr.R.S.Ramasamy, Director General , Engineer D.C.Goel, Chief Engineer, CPWD, Faculty members, Staff, Students of National Institute of Siddha, Doctors, Researchers and staff of Central Council of Indian Medicin, Ladies and Gentlemen. Vanakkam. Good Afternoon.  

It is indeed a proud moment for me to be here in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu known for its rich tradition and glorious ancient times for the past 400 years. Additionally, the pre-city area of Chennai has a long history within the records of South Indian Empires.

It is a great privilege to be here for the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of CCRS Headquarters office and new OPD block of National Institute of Siddha. 

Under the dynamic leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, I am pleased to inform that the Ministry of AYUSH is working towards providing accessible traditional healthcare -- AYUSH (AYURVEDA, YOGA, UNANI, SIDDHA and HOMEOPATHY) for the well-being of citizens of India and those across the world. The Ministry of AYUSH has earmarked more than 2000 crores of rupees in the current financial year 2018-19 for the promotion of research activities and health care services of AYUSH systems.

The Ministry of AYUSH is diligently working for the development and propagation of AYUSH systems of medicine. In order to achieve its goals, the Ministry of AYUSH is supporting Research Councils and National Institutes in implementing various schemes such as Central Sector Schemes, Centrally sponsored schemes and National AYUSH Mission to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective AYUSH services, strengthening of educational systems, facilitating the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs and ensuring sustained availability of ASU & H raw materials.

Siddha medicine, one of the ancient Indian system of medicine is a viable member of our AYUSH family. Though it is widely practiced in South India, it is nowadays becoming increasingly popular in other regions of our country because of the steps taken by the Ministry of AYUSH. Its growth has become significant after the establishment of a National Institute of Siddha, Chennai and a separate research Council - Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and its various peripheral institutes / units located in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry and New Delhi. The Ministry of AYUSH has already given approval for starting a Siddha Clinical Research Unit in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). In addition to the above two major institutions which contribute significantly for education, research and public health care delivery, Government of India is providing public health care through Siddha system by Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Swasthya Rakshan Programme was launched by the Ministry of AYUSH to promote health and health education in urban / rural areas. Swasthya Rakshan Programme is effectively implemented by CCRS through its peripheral institutes / units in 11 locations. It is noteworthy to mention here the areas of strength of Siddha system of medicine in the treatment of non-communicable and skin diseases and also the treatment with unique therapies like Varmam, Thokkanam, Kayakalpam including Yoga and external medication and treatment procedures. 

Indeed it is my pleasure to take part in this function for laying foundation stone to new OPD Block construction of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital and Head Quarters building of Central Council for Research in Siddha. As you are aware the present OPD Block was constructed in 2004 and expected to provide treatment to 300-500 patients per day. But there is a tremendous response and resurgence towards Siddha system of medicine. At the start of this Institute an average of 700 patients reported per day at OPD and has increased to three-fold 2174 patients per day during 2017-18. The week-end days record upto 3000 patients. The ever increasing patient strength provide ample evidence for acceptance and utilisation of Siddha Medicine by people. In view of the exponential growth of patients approaching Siddha Medicine, National Institute of Siddha has submitted a proposal for construction of New OPD Block. NIS has developed 362 PG qualified specialists in Siddha Medicine and plays greater role in designing curriculum and Syllabus for Siddha Medicine courses. NIS also so far developed 14 Ph.D holders under the guidance of NIS faculty and setting as an example for offering higher education in Siddha Medicine. NIS has published more than 170 papers in scientific journals and updating the skills and knowledge of faculty and Medical Officers by conducting CMEs regularly. The faculty members are involving in IEC activities through All India Radio, T.V programmes, Magazines and Health camps for propagating Siddha Medicines.   

Central Government Under the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji is taking concerted effort in developing the infrastructure and extending support for strengthening the Siddha education and healthcare. In accordance with this objective, this Ministry has approved the proposal for construction of new OPD Block with budget estimate of Rs.31.65 crore for three storied building with a total area of about 75000 sq.ft comprising 30 consulting rooms, 20 dispensing counters and 30 external therapy rooms for the benefit of patients. In addition, an auditorium with seating capacity of 500 is provided for conducting various academic programmes, trainings, conferences etc.

CCRS Headquarters office is presently functioning in a limited space in Siddha Central Research Institute, an institute of CCRS, located at Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai. The DG and the workforce working in the administrative and technical divisions have been experiencing much inconvenience and lot of difficulties due to space crunch for the past several years. 

By the construction of a separate four storied building in this campus in a portion of land to the extent of 1680 square meters out of 14.78 acres of land allotted to NIS, the Ministry of AYUSH puts an end to the sufferings of employees of CCRS. We have allotted funds Rs.9.76 crore  for the construction work for providing all the required infrastructure facilities for the smooth functioning of the CCRS. The objective of CCRS could be scaled up with good infrastructure facility and validating the Siddha Medicines to promote and propagate it across India and global level. The construction of Head Quarters building at NIS premises would further strengthen the academic, research and healthcare collaboration. National Institute of Siddha has extended its support for construction and allocated the land. The location of two major Siddha organizations namely CCRS and NIS in the same campus will ensure mutual benefits for the growth of both the organizations. 

I feel immense pleasure to formally lay foundation stone for New OPD block of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital of National Institute of Siddha and Head quarters building of Central Council for Research in Siddha  in presence of Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly Shri S.R.Raja ji, Padma Shri Vaidhya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Prof.Dr.V.Banumathi, Director National Institute of Siddha, Prof.Dr.R.S.Ramasamy, Director General, CCRS and other dignitaries. I am sure that the new OPD block would be another mile stone in National Institute of Siddha’s service to mankind.

I appreciate heads of NIS and CCRS for their joint effort in promoting and propagating Siddha Medicine.

I thank National Institute of Siddha, CCRS and CPWD for organising such a function to promote the Siddha Medicine.

Vanakkam, Jai Hind.


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