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.