Inauguration of Newly Constructed Headquarters Office Building of Central Council for Research in Siddha and New OPD block of Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital Extension OPD Block of National Institute of Siddha.

The Central Council for Research in Siddha, an autonomous organization functioning
under Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, with its headquarters at Chennai was established
after the bifurcation of erstwhile Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, New
Delhi during the year 2010. With effect from 2010 to 2012, CCRS functioned at New Delhi
and from 2012 to 2022 at Siddha Central Research Institute, Arumbakkam, Chennai – 106.
With due support from Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, CCRS headquarters office has
been established providing impetus to Research and Development, the mandatory
prerequisite for globalization. The CCRS, headquarters office building is constructed at the
cost of Rs.13 Crores at Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai-47.
The National Institute of Siddha was established in the year 2004 and is functioning
under Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India. An Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital New Extension
OPD block is constructed at the cost of Rs. 35 Crores to cater the needs of general public.
Both the projects were approved by Ministry of Ayush and the foundation stone was laid
down by Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, former Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge) for
Ayush on 2 nd May 2018. The construction works have been completed through CPWD and
inauguration is being held at the Auditorium of NIS, Chennai on 13 th August in a grand
manner.
The inaugural ceremony begun with Tamil Thai Vazhthu and Siddhar Vanakkam,
followed by Lighting of Kuthuvilakku by all the dignitaries. Prof. Dr. K. Kanakavalli,
Director General, Central Council for Research in Siddha, welcomed the Union Minister and
State minister, all the dignitaries, guests, stake holders, CPWD Officials, Police, Media &
Security personnel, and esteemed participants. Both the newly constructed buildings were
inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister, Ministry of Ayush and
Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India, with the esteemed presence of Shri Ma.
Subramanian, Hon’ble Minister for Medical & Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
Felicitation address was delivered by Dr. P. Senthil Kumar, Principal Secretary, Health &
Family Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and Shri S. Ganesh, Commissioner, Directorate of

Indian Medicine & Homeopathy, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Shri T. R. Baalu, Member of
Parliament, Sriperumbudur constituency, Tmt. K. Vasanthakumari, Mayor of Tambaram City
Municipal Corporation and Shri S. R. Raja, Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly,
Tambaram constituency also participated and felicitated the gathering. Presidential address
was delivered by Shri Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of
India. Shri Ma. Subramanian, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of
Tamil Nadu in his Special address, recalled the efforts taken by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of
Tamil Nadu for establishing the Siddha University at Chennai and also explained the
proactive programmes like Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam, Amma Magaperu Sanjeevani Kit
and Siddha COVID care centers that provided treatment to the people of Tamil Nadu state.
The Chief Guest & Inaugural address was delivered by Hon’ble Shri Sarbananda
Sonowal, Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India,
in which the union minister highlighted the role of Ministry of Ayush through CCRS and NIS
in expanding & propagating the Siddha System of Medicine. He also dedicated the new
buildings to the people of India on the occasion of 75 th year of Independence. The Union
Minister also released the achievements of CCRS and distributed the Amukkara Chooranam
tablet under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahautsav programme and initiated the Har Ghar Tiranga
Campaign. The Bioinformatics section which was established at the cost of 30 Lakhs under
champion sector scheme was dedicated to the nation. Significant Research & development
on Non communicable diseases like Diabetic mellitus, Cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, Vitiligo,
Fibroid Uterus, Urolithiasis and communicable diseases like dengue, chikungunya, COVID,
etc has been done by CCRS.
Prof. Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director, National Institute of Siddha delivered the vote of
thanks, to all the Union Minister and State Minister for their esteemed support and gracious
presence, she also thanked to all the stake holders, CPWD Officials, Police, Media &
Security personnel and delegates. The programme blissfully concluded after playing National
anthem. Various cultural programmes depicting Siddha system and its advantages to observe
the 75 th Independence year of celebrations through Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign were
displayed.

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