New Delhi: The union government has reiterated its commitment to introduce the three-year Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course to address the serious concern of shortage of availability of human resources in health sector in rural areas.
“Though the proposal for BSc (CH) has been prepared in consultation with the Medical Council of India (MCI), a few associations like IMA (Indian Medical Association) have not welcomed the proposal,” Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in a written reply informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
According to the health minister, the course is not mandatory and will be introduced only in states that wish to adopt it.
“However, Government is committed to introduce the course in consultation with all the state governments, with inbuilt safeguards, in order to address the serious concern of shortage of availability of human resources in health sector in rural areas.” Azad said.
“The curriculum of the course has been prepared after taking into consideration the views of various stakeholders,” he said.
The degree for the course will be awarded by the respective state universities and it will be accredited by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to ensure uniformity in the content and delivery of the course, the minister said.
The BSc (Community Health) course was approved by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on November 13, 2013 and the course is likely to be introduced from the academic year 2015-16.
“The main objective of the proposed course is to create mid-level health professionals who would possess the necessary public health and ambulatory care competencies to serve the rural population and will primarily be deployed at sub-centres,” said Azad.