Government nod to three year BSc Community Health Course

Nov 14, 2013 11:08 IST

The Union Government of India on 13 November 2013 gave its nod to the Union Health Ministry to go ahead with the scheme aimed at creation of the mid-level rural health cadre of professionals. To give the nod of creation of the mid-level rural health cadre of professionals, the government overruled the Parliamentary Committee recommendation to scrap the course in community health. 

The Union Cabinet in its meeting gave its nod to the health ministry to start a new three-year BSc community health program. The program would help in creation of the new cadre of health professionals to improve the rural medicare infrastructure in India.

The proposal was pending for few years but after the Ministry came up with the idea to create a new cadre of health professionals in rural areas as the doctors were unwilling to serve there.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health had opposed the introduction of the undergraduate community health course. The committee had instead recommended compulsory one-year rural posting for fresh medical graduates to meet the shortage of doctors in rural areas. The introduction of the course was also opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

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