FICCI, AICTE partner to provide skilled manpower in health sector

In a bid to enhance skilled manpower in the healthcare
sector, FICCI has tied-up with All India Council for Technical Education
(AICTE) for developing vocational courses.

“In the next 10 years, the number of doctors needs to
be doubled from its current figure of 750,000; nurses needs to be tripled from
3.7 million and the paramedics and technician assistants need to be quadrupled
from the present number of 2.75 million,” FICCI said in a statement.

The federation pointed out that the rapid technological
advancement in the medical, diagnostic and management systems are creating the
need for new skills.

“For convergence and standardisation of such training
programmes, FICCI is collaborating with AICTE to develop vocational courses in
the healthcare domain,” it said adding the practical training in hospitals
is one of the fundamental elements of these programmes, which is aligned with
industry requirement.

FICCI has submitted 12 healthcare and paramedic course
curricula to AICTE that include Bachelor in Paramedical Technician in
laboratory, blood transfusion, radiography, operation theatre and critical

“All the courses are competency-based modules and are
open to revisions to ensure that the curriculum is guided by needs of the
industry,” it said.

It added that the courses would soon be notified on AICTE’s
website and will be open to be taken up by the industry and educational

[Source: Economic Times]

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