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Ministry of Health signs an MoU with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here today signed an MoU with (IGNOU) to scale up the through its available robust platform.

said that under the guidance of the Prime Minister, has taken centre-stage. Under this MoU, curriculum for 10 courses especially designed for the health sector, will provide more than 14 lakh trained manpower by 2025. He further said that AB-NHPM will protect more 10 crore families and at the same time Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) will deliver comprehensive primary The H&WC would provide preventive, promotive, and curative care for non-communicable diseases, dental, mental, geriatric care, palliative care, etc. He further stated that the Government has initiated universal screening of common NCDs such as diabetes, and along with and All this will require trained manpower and the is taking all the necessary steps to address this.

Stressing on the need for mid-level service provider, said that with the coming up of 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) by 2022, there will be an urgent need for such providers. The potential for and professionals will increase immensely in the health sector.

Such courses will ensure that the health sector gets the adequate skilled health workers, added. The further pointed out that we must also ensure that quality is not compromised and there has to be regular review to add new courses.

Shri Prakash Javadekar, of Human Resource Development said that this is the historic moment as three ministries of health, and skills are coming together to meet the large manpower requirements in the burgeoning

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, of Petroleum & Natural Gas and & Entrepreneurship emphasized on the importance of quality of the courses and placement of the manpower.

The combined objective under this MoU is to scale up the health programs to create trained personnel in the and to set up a dedicated cell for developing, implementing and certifying the skill based programs at IGNOU. A robust monitoring and assessment framework will be established under the MoU to ensure that MoHFW standards are followed stringently. MoHFW will provide for financial assistance to IGNOU for establishing the structure and initiating the programs and the courses will be initiated in a phased manner across the Country by IGNOU.

Initially four courses will be launched country wide under this MoU, namely Home Health Aide, Assistant, Phlebotomist and General Duty Followed by remaining six skill-based curriculum as standardized by MoHFW- Educator, Dietetic Aide, EMT-Basic, Dispensing

In addition to the ongoing and strong collaboration with Ministry of and Entrepreneurship, MoHFW has identified IGNOU to scale up the skill based courses in and train 14 lakh by 2025. The signing of this 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 this Ministry in June 2017, along with This MOU will create training and monitoring network at District Level integrating the tertiary, secondary and primary 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

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First Published: Tue, June 26 2018. 11:25 IST