AYUSH - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   India signed an MOU with which country in the field of AYUSH?

a. Maldives
b. Madagascar
c. Mauritius
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mauritius

India has signed an MoU with Mauritius on cooperation in the field of traditional system of medicine and Homoeopathy. The MoU was signed during the visit of Minister of State for AYUSH(Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik to Mauritius.

  • This MoU will promote cooperation in the field of traditional system of health and medicine between the two countries which already share these traditions due to unique historical and cultural ties.
  • It envisages exchange of experts, supply of traditional medicinal substances, joint research and development and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries.
  • It also aims at popularising AYUSH.

2)   Who, among the following, organised the AROGYA 2017, first international exhibition and conference on AYUSH and wellness sector?

b. AYUSH ministry
c. Pharmexcil
d. Ministry of Commerce and Industry
e. Only a and c
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only a and c

The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik.

It was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Union Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).

Its theme was 'Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH'.

AROGYA 2017 witnessed participation of thousands of delegates from India as well as abroad including delegates from over 60 countries across the world.

More than 250 manufacturers of alternative medicine also showcased their products and services at the exhibition.

India has long history and culture running over 5000 years of using traditional medicines for health care and developing them with modern scientific outlook.

AYUSH is the acronym of tradition medical systems that are being practiced in India such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

AROGYA, 2017: Objectives

  • Showcase strengths and scientific validation of Indian System of Medicine in global context. Promote and strengthen awareness and interest about AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy).
  • Facilitate international promotion, development and recognition of AYUSH. Foster interaction of stakeholders and market development of AYUSH at international level.
  • Give boost to AYUSH Products in International Market. Exhibit research and latest developments in AYUSH sector and harness its potential.

3)   Which ministry has launched the first central academic institute and the second Ayurvedic college in NE?

a. WCD
b. Agriculture
d. Science and Technology
Answer  Explanation 


The Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik formally inaugurated the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH), an autonomous Institute under Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, in Shillong, Meghalaya on 22nd Dec 2016.

With this, it became the second Ayurvedic College in the North East Region with a Homeopathy college and the only Central Academic Institute of Ayush.

The NEIAH will also work with priority to popularize Panchakarma and Yoga along with production of para-medical staff for development of skill for youth of this region, the minister said.

The NEIAH has started functioning with one College of Ayurveda and one College of Homoeopathy from the academic session 2016-17.

The objective of the NEIAH is to provide good quality medical graduates in traditional medicine generate employment and promote tourism in the North East.

It is an autonomous Institute under Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

With this inauguration, the institute has become the second Ayurvedic College in the North East Region with a Homeopathy college.

The establishment of this Institute will solve the problem of scarcity of doctors in remote areas of

the North Eastern regions to a great extent.

The NEIAH helps in preserving folk and traditional health practices of the region which is home to rich flora.

It helps in scientific validation of these health practices based on ethnobotanical and scientific research with practical suitability for clinical practices.

The research and development activities of the institute will help in the development of herbal-agro based industry which ultimately promotes the cultivation of medicinal plants in this region.


  • It is the only Central Academic Institute of AYUSH in the North East Region.
  • Its primary aim is to produce quality human resource in the area of AYUSH in general and the Ayurveda and Homeopathy in particular.
  • The institute will suitably help in implementing and improving the execution of national health policies.

4)   Union Cabinet chaired by PM Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of MoU between India and which other African nation?

a. Tanzania
b. Ghana
c. Colombia
d. Bolivia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tanzania

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved an MoU between India and Tanzania in the field of traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy.

  • MoU will provide structured framework for cooperating between two countries for propagating indian traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy in Tanzania.
  • There were no additional financial implications associated with this and financial resources needed to conduct research, training courses, conferences and meetings from allocated budget and plan schemes of AYUSH ministry.

5)   As per the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet decision on 28th Apr’15, under which act the cabinet allowed the Unani and Ayurvedic medical practitioners to prescribe modern medicine in public interest with some restrictions?

a. UP Indian System Medicines Act 1945
b. UP Indian System Medicines Act 1939
c. UP Indian System Medicines Act 1955
d. UP Indian System Medicines Act 1996
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: UP Indian System Medicines Act 1939

To incorporate the decision, certain amendments will be made in 'UP Indian System Medicines Act 1939'. Till now the BAMS and BUMS degree holders were not allowed to prescribe the allopathic medicines.