APTA UPDATES (11/09/2022)

Topic 1 (11/09/2022)



Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) database

The Union Cabinet recently approved the “Widening access of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library database to users, apart from the patent offices”. Widening of the Traditional Knowledge Digital database to users is an ambitious step of the government.

Significance of widening access include;

  • Widening of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library will drive research & development, and innovation on the basis of India’s valued heritage in diverse fields.
  • It will also promote thought and knowledge leadership via Bharatiya Gnana Parampara, under New Education Policy 2020.
  • This approval is focused towards integrating and co-opting traditional knowledge with current practices, in a bid to enhancing innovation and trade.
  • This database will act as an important source of traditional knowledge information to advance knowledge and technology frontiers.
  • This database can be accessed through a paid subscription model, which will be opened for national and international users in a phase-wise manner.

About Traditional Knowledge Digital Library

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library was established in 2001. It is a prior art database of Indian traditional knowledge. It was established by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (now called the Ministry of AYUSH). This library comprises information regarding existing literature like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Yoga.  The information is available in a digitised format in five international languages like English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Till now, access to this database was restricted to 14 Patent Offices across the world to conduct research and examination. Now it has been extended to more users.

Topic 2 (11/09/2022)


MoU for promotion of ‘One Herb, One Standard’

Recently an MoU has been signed between the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (Ministry of AYUSH) and Pharmacopoeia Commission of India (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) to achieve “One Herb, One Standard”.

Key Points

The primary objective of this MoU is to develop collaborative efforts between PCIM&H and IPC to promote public health while facilitating the development of herbal medicine standards.

This MoU will facilitate wider cooperation to promote exchange of information in the field of standardisation of traditional medicine. This will be done through sharing of scientific knowledge and information about pharmaceutical raw materials/extracts, seminars, workshops, training and brainstorming programmes.

The MoU will provide an opportunity to all stakeholders such as herbal medicine manufacturers, researchers and regulators to access world-class monographs in their respective fields.

Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine

  • On June 4, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the Pharmacopoeia commission. The cabinet has approved to re-establish the commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy under the Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The commission has been set up by merging Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory. The two central laboratories were established at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh in 1975.
  • This commission is an autonomous body that operates under the Ministry of AYUSH. It has been in operation since 2010.
  • This merger will also optimise the use of resources and also enhance outcomes of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy drugs towards effective quality control.


Pharmacopoeia means drug making. The Government of India has re-established the Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy. The commission will help to optimise technical manpower, infrastructural facilities, and financial resources.

Topic 3 (11/09/2022)


AYUSH Medicos To Undergo Clinical Training At Modern Medicine Hospitals, Colleges: AP Gazette

Through a recent gazette, the Andhra Pradesh Government has allowed the students of AYUSH

courses to undergo clinical training at modern medicine hospitals and medical colleges.

While the State had already given its nod for the matter, the Commissioner of AYUSH had earlier requested to give permission to the students and interns of some more AYUSH colleges for undergoing clinical and non-clinical training in the Allopathic hospitals.

Published in the Gazette dated September 6, 2022, the notification states, “After careful examination of the matter, Government hereby decide and permit the Students of AYUSH Colleges both Government and private

(shown above pars) to undergo clinical training in modern hospitals mentioned against the AYUSH College as per the norms/guidelines of Central Council of AYUSH Systems and also hereby direct the DME, DPH, APVVP and other heads of respective institutions to arrange clinical training to the students of AYUSH Colleges both Government and Private to be established in future also, subject to, a fee need to fixed to be collected from Ayush colleges (Private) per head which shall be remitted to Government.’’

For official info- https://medicaldialogues.in/pdf_upload/andhra-pradesh-mixopathy-185151.pdf

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