Arogya Vatikas

Arogya Vatikas are places inside school campus where the students can grow medicinal plants. This was launched by the Uttar Pradesh Government.

Key Facts for UPSC Examinations

The idea of Arogya Vatikas was first proposed by a local journalist of Uttar Pradesh Sudhir Mishra. He proposed it in his newspaper Navbharat Times. He has also been running a campaign to establish Arogya Vatikas since 2019. Under the scheme, the students will grow plants like Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Giloy, lemongrass, stevia, Indian gooseberry, guava, khas, sandal, haldi and sahjan in the gardens. The plants that help boost human immunity are to be selected. Also, under this initiative, during school meeting, the parents will be educated about the medicinal plants and their properties. The students will be made aware of the medicinal value of the plants through separate sessions. They will also be encouraged to plant them in their homes.

Significance

The age-old customs and usage of medicinal plants have been forgotten by many. However, after COVID-19, people understood the significance of the medicinal plants and are now using them in their day-to-day life. The Arogya Vatika will help students understand the significance of such plants. The students are being encouraged to select plants that heal common health issues. For instance, Kalmegh helps patients recover from common fever and Sarpagandha helps people suffering from ulcer.

Way Forward

In future, the Arogya Vatikas in colleges shall be linked with e-CHARAK. The e-CHARAK is an e-Channel for Herbs, Aromatic, Raw material and Knowledge. It enables information exchange among stakeholders in medicinal plant sector.  The e-CHARAK was developed by National Medicinal Plants Board, C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), Ministry of Ayush. E-CHARAK helps get better market. This way, the students can start their own businesses in the field after their college.

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