IGNOU's School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has signed an MoU with Hansa Med Cell of Hansa Vision Pvt. Ltd. to launch Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Diabetes Mellitus.
The programme, to be launched from January 2011 session, will be open to medical graduates to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of medical diabetology.
According to the MoU, SOHS and Hansa Med Cell will design and develop the programme with the help from eminent diabetes specialists from across the country.
According to Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. P.R. Ramanujam, who was present at the MoU signing, "flexibility and outreach are the two important strengths of IGNOU and we hope to use these strengths for improving health care, especially for the poorest sections of our society.”
Srinivasan K. Swamy, Group Chairman, Hansa Vision, remarked that "Diabetes has become a pandemic today. The International Diabetes Foundation estimates that the number of diabetes cases in India has doubled from 19 million in 1995 to 40.9 million in 2007. It is estimated that by 2030, every fifth person with diabetes will be an Indian. Hence, we have taken up the herculean task of improving health care for diabetics, in collaboration with IGNOU”.
Prof. Bimla Kapoor, SOHS Director, announced that "Department of AYUSH, Government of India, is funding the development of a Certificate Programme in AYUSH Nursing for Auxillary Nurses and Midwives (ANMs). The programme is expected to be launched from January 2011 session.”
PG Diploma in Diabetes Mellitus will be offered through IGNOU Study Centres as well as the Centres of Hansa Vision, said Dr Biplab Jamatia, Programme Coordinator. “We aim to train adequate number of diabetes specialists so that an affordable care can be made available to the patients," he added.