The Union Health Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to scale
up short-term healthcare courses through its available platform.
The ministry, together with IGNOU, will create a pool of trained personnel in the healthcare sector and set up a dedicated cell for developing, implementing and certifying the skill-based programmes of the open varsity.
As per the MoU, the health ministry will provide financial assistance to IGNOU for establishing the structure and initiating the programmes.The courses will be started in a phased manner across the country.
Initially, four courses will be launched across the country; namely, Home Health Aide, Geriatric Care Assistant, Phlebotomist and General Duty Assistant. This will be followed by the remaining six skill-based curriculum as standardised by the Health Ministry – Diabetes Educator, Dietetic Aide, EMT-Basic, Dispensing Optician/VT and Medical Equipment Technology Assistant.
The health ministry has identified IGNOU to scale up the skill-based courses in healthcare sector and train 14 lakh people by 2025. The signing of the MoU is under the existing framework of ‘Skills for Life, Save a Life’ initiative, under which ten short-term course curricula were formally released by the Ministry in June 2017 in association with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
This MOU will create a training and monitoring network at the district level, integrating the tertiary, secondary and primary health-care institutions. It is envisioned that this MoU will take up large-scale training in a time-bound manner at an affordable cost and will be accessible to all citizens of India.