The Indira Gandhi National Open University has launched a new Post Graduate Certificate course in Medical Management of CBRNE Disasters. The programme also to be known as PGCMDM has been launched in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) and Integrated Defence Staff (IDS). The decision to include this course under the Open University was taken in the 51st meeting of the Academic Council Standing Committee of IGNOU.
The PGCMDM course will be offered from the January 2020 academic session under the School of Health Sciences, IGNOU. The six-month duration course will be offered at AIIMS Jodhpur, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences Punjgutta- Hyderabad, AIIMS Rishikesh and AIIMS Saket Nagar- Bhopal. Students who have a valid MBBS degree from any recognized institution will eligible to enroll for the course. Admission to the course will be both through January and July cycle.
The press release by IGNOU states that the undergraduate curriculum of MBBS does not cover the specific skill set and knowledge required for medical management of CBRNE disasters and India, particularly, is vulnerable to CBRNE attacks. The Government and the society, thus, require creating special provisions in order to be prepared to deal with such attacks, read the statement. CBRNE is the abbreviation for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive.
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985by an Act of Parliament. Since its inception, the Open University has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. The objective of the varsity is to offer high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode which will increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER).