As a part of an agreement signed between India and Malaysia, the fifth Bilateral Technical Meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine between the two countries was held yesterday. The Meeting was chaired by Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH on behalf of India and Deputy Director General Health (Medical) in the Ministry of Health on behalf of Malaysia.
Offering full support on behalf of the AYUSH Ministry, in his closing remarks, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH, said that the country welcomes any initiative for promotion and propagation of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy from its Malaysian counterpart. The agendas discussed during the meeting included establishment of Ayurveda Chair in the Malaysian University of UTAR, professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India, evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination of Ayurvedic products for clinical trials, safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices, bilateral Memorandum of Understanding between National Medicinal Plants Board in the Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for Cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants and registration of Homeopathic Practitioners and their capacity building module in Malaysia. Recently, a Traditional and Complementary Medicine Council (T&CM) has been constituted in Malaysia to overlook various activities related to T&CM Systems of Medicine. As a result, the Malaysian Health Ministry expressed its desire for organizing capacity building programmes for their experts here in India in order to have a better understanding of the analytical parameters regarding Indian Medicine and the Panchkarma courses conducted in India.