NEW DELHI: Reiterating the strength and success of current incumbent government’s One India Team and showcasing seamless convergence and cross organizational collaboration, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), jointly with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development partnered with each other and signed a MoU with Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) to make youth more employable in the healthcare sector and find opportunities of employment with ease.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had identified various critical thematic areas for training and standardized course curriculum for ten short term courses pertaining to health sector, which were formally released under the Skill for Life, Save a Life initiative, jointly with MSDE.
The combined objective under this MoU is to scale up the health programs to create trained personnel in healthcare sector specially in the preventive and tertiary care segment; and to set up a dedicated cell for developing, implementing and certifying the skill-based programs at IGNOU.
MSDE will support this partnership with IGNOU to scale up the short-term healthcare courses through its available robust platform; with a clear focus on practical training and quality outcome. With an aim to take this further deep in the districts and villages and scale up per the standards, MoHFW is thus signing an MoU with IGNOU, which is one of the largest Universities with longstanding capacity to train candidates, mechanisms and systems to reach out to masses, offering distance as well as contact classes in the most cost-effective mode.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for MSDE, said, “The vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of Ayushman Bharat will only be possible through the creation of a large qualified, skilled and competent healthcare workforce.”
Speaking at the event, Prakash Javadekar, Minister, MoHRD said, “our country needs more of such professionals who can take care of the aged and the needy. This is not only an opportunity for the youth to explore opportunities of employment in but is a great service to mankind.”
Addressing at the MoU signing ceremony, J P Nadda, HfHW, “Skill development will form the future roadmap for our nation’s growth and well-being. We have begun our pilot with 10 courses and we are certain that we will very soon align with the remaining job roles as well to the National Skill Qualification Framework under Skill India. We have a heavy focus on wellness along with healthcare.”
Courses are planned to be implemented under this MoU are – General Duty Assistant, Geriatric Care Assistant, Phlebotomist, Home Health Aide, Diabetes Educator, Dietetic Aide, EMT-Basic, Dispensing Optician/VT, Medical Equipment Technology Assistant and Sanitary Health Inspector.