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Govt approves introduction of BSc (Community Health) course

New Delhi: The central government has approved introduction of the three-year Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course to create mid-level health professionals to serve rural population, according to Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

The course will be introduced only in those states, which are willing to adopt it. The central government, till now, has received willingness from the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam, the health minister in a written reply informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

According to the minister, 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.

“The curriculum of the course has been prepared after taking into consideration the views of various stakeholders. The proposal for BSc (CH) has been prepared in consultation with MCI. 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,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

“The states may set up Rural Health Care Schools to impart BSc (CH) courses. The central government will provide assistance for the establishment of these centres to states under their State Programme Implementation Plans (SPIPs) under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),” he added.


  1. Paresh Mahto Teacher Paresh Mahto Teacher Sunday, October 8, 2017

    It is a good decision of Central government. It is double benifit for india. This course help to decrease unemployment and better treatment for rural areas. After five years experience government should done a bridge course and degree awarded equivalent to MBBS. I hope all state Will follow this course

  2. Henry Vakharia Henry Vakharia Friday, June 26, 2015

    Respected Sir,
    This is really great step towards addressing India’s Health Issues…Govt should start the course very soon 🙂

  3. shubham bedi shubham bedi Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Very good decision but government should be take fastly action for this course nd starts

  4. |Dr.Jayasankar |Dr.Jayasankar Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    PHC s are meant for disease prevention and health promotion activities. But the public and the politicians here are unaware of the concept of PHC. Wherever there is a PHC there is a hue and cry to upgrade the institution to community health centre and to start IP care.One IP block is built from MLA/MP fund and if the panchayath is politically influential enough, It’s upgraded, a lb is started and the focus of attention is changed.After somedays the demand is upgradation to Taluk hospital.

  5. Gskingra Gskingra Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    It may help patients get basic health information.The concern is that if it is not properly supervised,the new graduates will start doing things that are beyond their scope.And who is going to supervise,we don’t enough professionals as it is.And those who are there are quite often absent from their post,as I have reading about it lately specially in Punjab.
    On the whole worth trying.I am not very optimistic though.

  6. Dr.B.Ravi Kumar Dr.B.Ravi Kumar Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    A very good decision. The primary health centres in Kerala which I am aware of only refers the really sick patient to higher centres. The primary health centres should concentrate on PREVENTIVE health care rather than curative.

  7. raj jaiswal@pratappur,cg raj jaiswal@pratappur,cg Saturday, August 30, 2014

    In india very less doctor in the ratio of MOHFW new curriculam of Bsc(ch) course is great plan,,for public health resident in rural india.
    It must start soon……

  8. Wierdo Wierdo Thursday, August 14, 2014

    So the NDA is walking down the same path laid down by the UPA. Hope we don’t get “amaran anshaans” someday by these new graduates demanding “doctor” status. India is truly turning into a banana republic.

  9. khalid islam. khalid islam. Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    good step by cntrl govt. RHP of Assam and RMA of Chatishgar always will be model of this course.. Really its a stunning efrt by hlth minstr to dvelop rural health of India like Assam and Chatishgarh and hope it’s root will be spread evry states of our country vry soon.

  10. Abhinab Borpatra Gohain Abhinab Borpatra Gohain Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Very good step towards Medical Health care in Da Rural Areas Of India……

  11. Chandan Bhattacharyya Chandan Bhattacharyya Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    This is a very great step towards upliftment of Medical services in Rural india. It will ensure must needed boost in rural healthcare in india ,easily available affordable medical care at doorsteps of Rural households. This is also a good news for Rural Health Practitioners of Assam like me who are rendering medical care at rural Assam ..after completion of a course called Diploma in Medicine & Rural Health Care..,

  12. RHP Kr.Chandan RHP Kr.Chandan Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Very good job done Dr.Harshvardhan ji

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