The Cabinet has approved introduction of a course namely, Bachelor of Science (Community Health). The main objective of the proposed course is to create mid-level health professionals who would possess the necessary public health and ambulatory care competencies to serve the rural population and will primarily be deployed at Sub Centres.
The curriculum of the course has been prepared after taking into consideration the views of various stakeholders.
The degree for the course will be awarded by the respective State Universities and it will be accredited by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to ensure uniformity in the content and delivery of the course.
Though the proposal for B. Sc. (CH) has been prepared in consultation with MCI, a few associations like IMA have not welcomed the proposal. The course is not mandatory and will be introduced only in States, who wish to adopt it. However, Government is committed to introduce the course in consultation with all the State Governments, with inbuilt safeguards, in order to address the serious concern of shortage of availability of human resources in health sector in rural areas.
This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.