The I-AIM has, in 17 years, demonstrated its ability to visualize and implement in a focused manner the pioneering projects that impact national policies and programmes in its chosen area of operation.

Some of I-AIM’s milestones :

Fundamental and trans-disciplinary research on traditional health knowledge systems:

2001 –2010

Established a basic pharmacognosy and product development lab which is building an epistemologically sound bridge between science and traditional knowledge. This is an accredited lab of the health ministry for certification of quality standards of herbal drugs.

2004 –2010

Established a 20-bed Ayurvedic Research Nursing Home on I-AIM campus to engage in systematic treatment and clinical research on 12 speciality areas of Ayurveda.

2005 –2010

Initiated a programme to document India’s medical manuscripts under the auspices of the National Manuscript Mission, Government of India. In 2007, I-AIM created a unit for research into the theoretical foundations of Ayurveda.

Conservation Related:

1993 –2010

Designed and co-ordinated the country’s first programme for In-situ Conservation of Medicinal Plants in forest habitats. By 2007, the programme established in nine Indian states a network of 84 Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs), which act as banks of wild gene pools. This programme has made India a world leader in the field of medicinal plants in-situ conservation. The ministry of environment and forests, the department of economic affairs, the government of India and the government of Denmark supported the programme from 1993 to 2004. The Indian government and the UNDP, New Delhi, supported it from 2004 to 2008.

1995 –2010

Established one of India’s most comprehensive and referenced multidisciplinary databases on the botanicals used by the Indian systems of medicine, including a comprehensive bibliographic (1500 BC to 1900 AD), traditional knowledge database, on plant materia -- medica of Ayurveda, Siddha & Unani systems of medicine.

1996 –2010

Established a unique biocultural herbarium and raw drug repository of medicinal plants of India, which is recognized by the Indian government as the National Herbarium for the Medicinal Plants of India.

2003 –2010

Designed and developed an innovative, field-tested methodology for sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants through community participation. This was developed under the UK’s DFID- funded project in collaboration with Environmental Change Institute of Oxford University, UK.

Outreach Related:

1995 –2010

I-AIM is the first institute in India to initiate a programme to revitalize the rich and diverse folk-healing traditions in rural areas. This programme has established a network of 108 taluk-level folk-healer associations in seven Indian states. Also, it developed a unique participatory methodology for documenting and assessing the ecosystem-specific plants for health-security needs of rural and urban households. It also includes the promotion of over 170,000 home and institutional herbal gardens in peninsular and central India.

In 2002, I-AIM succeeded in getting ‘Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions’ included as one of the thrust areas in the latest National Policy document (Clause 9), 2002, on Indian Systems of Medicine of the Government of India.

2001 –2010

Established an innovative community-owned public limited company for cultivating and processing medicinal plants.

2003 –2010

Established one of India’s finest ethno-botanical gardens and nurseries on the I-AIM campus. The garden hosts over 800 species of tropical Indian medicinal plants. It has helped thousands of homes and dozens of institutions in Bangalore to establish herbal gardens.

2007 –2010

The I-AIM director was appointed honorary adviser (ISM) to the Planning Commission. This provided I-AIM an opportunity to make substantial contributions to the preparation of the 11th Five-Year Plan for the AYUSH sector – introducing innovative schemes related to public health, informatics, medicinal plants conservation, digitization of medical manuscripts, local health traditions, creation of centers of excellence and international cooperation.