The Centre has said it has taken various steps to popularise and encourage Ayurveda as a system of medicine globally.
"These steps include signing MoUs on Mutual recognition of systems of medicine and collaborative research with some nations," Union Minister for Health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Thrissur on Tuesday.
"The government will ensure that AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy and Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) systems get the recognition they deserve…More stress would be laid on improving quality of education, drugs and research in those systems," he said.
Azad was in Thrissur to lay the foundation stone of public sector Pharmaceutical Corporation (IM) Kerala Limited Oushadhi's Centre of Excellence for ayurvedic pharmaceuticals at Kuttanelloor.
The constitution of AYUSH was to ensure quality heath services to the public under National Rural Health Mission.