An agreement was today signed between IIT Delhi and the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) under which projects would be launched that would aim to give “scientific validation” to the ancient medical science and integrate it with technology.

The projects would be funded by the Ayush Ministry.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the faculties of IIT Delhi and AIIA will work together in the projects to look at ways to integrate technology with Ayurveda.

The MoU is an attempt to give scientific validation to Ayurveda, said V R Rao, IIT Delhi Director , who signed the agreement along with Tanuja Nesari, AIIA Director .

“Ayurveda is often associated with religion, where in reality, they have nothing to do with it. Ayurveda is a science and the agreement signed with IIT Delhi is an attempt to integrate it with technology,” he said.

Shripad Yesso Naik, Ayush Minister, underlined the need to work towards promoting the benefits of Ayurveda to a worldwide audience.

He also expressed hope that the agreement would integrate technology in the Ayurveda sector.

The agreement was signed at a conference of the heads of National Ayush Institutes who would brainstorm on ways to induce modernity in Ayurveda.

Representatives of IIT and IIM Ahmedabad and AIIMS would also look at ways to improve the Ayurveda education.