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JIPMER to help develop bridge course for Ayush physicians

Puducherry: Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which ICTPH will develop a bridge course for Ayush physicians with the help and technical support of JIPMER.

The MoU was signed on October 10.

The proposed six-month bridge course and training programme would enable Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (Ayush) physicians in Tamil Nadu to practise allopathy at primary healthcare level in rural areas.

Speaking to India Medical Times, Dr Subhash Chandra Parija, Director, JIPMER, said, “It is a very good step by ICTPH and we would help them to design and develop a curriculum for their rural activity. But we have been misquoted in media. To be very clear, our role is very limited. We are not training them (Ayush physicians). We will just review the curriculum and the distance training programme proposed by ICTPH.”

“They (ICTPH) requested us (JIPMER) as an education institute to review their curriculum programme. So we made a team of experts in medical education and subject specialists to review the proposed curriculum. ICTPH will implement this curriculum in the area they want to; we don’t have any role beyond reviewing the curriculum. Even we won’t be giving any certification to Ayush physicians,” said Dr Parija.

He further said, “Preparing a curriculum is a tough challenge. It should be relevant and of scientific value and should be such that it can be adapted by Ayush healthcare workers towards serving the healthcare needs of rural people.”

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