Incepted on the 9th of November 2014, the Ministry of AYUSH was formed with a vision of reviving the profound knowledge of traditional Indian systems of medicine and ensuring the optimal development and propagation of the AYUSH systems of healthcare. Earlier, the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) (Est. 1995) was responsible for the development of these systems. It was renamed in November 2003 as the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) with focused attention towards education and research in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy.
- To upgrade the educational standard of the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy colleges in the country.
- To strengthen existing research institutions and to ensure time-bound research programmes on identified diseases for which these systems have an effective treatment.
- To draw up schemes for cultivating, promoting, and regenerating medicinal plants that are used in these systems.
- To evolve Pharmacopoeial standards of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy drugs.