New Delhi: Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Wednesday inaugurated the Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) at the AIIMS, aimed at seeking convergence of contemporary medicine with India’s ancient and traditional medical practices. According to the minister, the centre has been envisioned as a “state of the art” research centre where top experts from various disciplines of contemporary medicine will collaborate with yoga and Ayurveda specialists, both for disease treatment and for preventive healthcare. "This is a momentous step in the country’s healthcare service. The national centre at the premier institute of the country shall be dedicated to research, documentation and delivery of holistic health care," Nadda said on the occasion. He said the move will provide an integrated approach to healthcare, where the focus shifts from treatment to wellbeing and prevention of diseases. "The Centre will provide a potent platform for integrating the contemporary allopathy with the benefits of traditional knowledge in healthcare such a yoga and Ayurveda," said Nadda.