The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University has signed an agreement with the Central Council for Research in Siddha for research and clinical trial.
Under the agreement, the University would allow postgraduates and doctoral research candidates to use the medical university’s laboratories for research activities in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homoeopathy and Yoga departments.
The University launched a week-long orientation and training programme on siddha for doctors other than those practising under Ayush. The institution would allow PGs and doctoral research scholars to use the clinical facilities for drug development besides sharing its library facilities.
The University had recently signed an agreement signed with the National Institute of Siddha to promote collaborative academic and clinical research among doctors and non-medical fraternity, officials said.
To promote the Siddha OPD, the university has planned to construct an integrated Ayush hospital at a cost of ₹1.69 crore within the University premises, said Vice-Chancellor S. Geethalakshmi.
It has a Siddha outpatient department which receives more than 100 patients daily. Patients are treated for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension.