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MANGALURU: Ministry of AYUSH will give greater encouragement for research in naturopathy and yogic sciences. The ministry has taken various steps to popularize traditional systems of medicine, and will support any endeavours in this regard, noted Ajith M Sharan, secretary, ministry of AYUSH at the 23rd annual convocation of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunateshwara Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences College at Ujire near here on Wednesday.

Naturopathy plays an important role and is more effective in holistic treatment of individuals given its spiritual background in protecting mental and physical health. A separate department will be started in the ministry to help graduates of naturopathy register themselves, he said. Work on six proposed research centres in India including one at Nagamangala near Bengaluru has commenced. A naturopathy centre will be developed at Pune in Maharashtra, he noted.

Ministry has also taken steps to provide scholarships to 200 research students, he said while exhorting the naturopathy graduates never to stop learning and always expand the horizons of their learning by updating knowledge at all times. Naturopathy college and Shantivana Naturopathy centre set up by SDME Society is one of the best in India and it goes to the credit of D Veerendra Heggade, dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala for envisaging it, he noted.

Dr Ishwar N Acharya, director, ministry of AYUSH and former alumnus of the college administered the oath to the graduating students. S Prabhakar, vice-president, SDME Institutions, who presided over the function, said naturopathy has proved itself to be a solution to cure major diseases for which other systems of treatment have not yielded results. B Yashovarma, secretary, SDME Institutions was present. Dr Prashanth Shetty, principal, welcomed the gathering.