The Centre is working on a plan to provide degree guides in open and distance learning in medical laboratory technology, medical imaging era, and operation theatre era in a public-private partnership.

While a blueprint of the 2-year diploma programs is almost ready, the Niti Aayog is retaining consultations with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the States to roll out the program.

While the NIOS will register the scholars, offer program contents, and conduct the examinations, pinnacle-rated personal health facility groups might be roped in as partners so that their facilities and understanding can be utilized in providing hands-on education to the scholars.

Students enrolled within the proposed programs will mandatorily entire 1600 hours of “contact program” in hospitals.

The Niti Aayog is spearheading the circulate to roll out the program after fulfilling the NIOS’ distance schooling program for the medical experts in Bihar.

“We are in contact with the Niti Aayog for the rollout of the degree program in PPP mode. Niti Aayog has approached us to become an accomplice in engaging in the degree guides looking at the achievement of our medical examiner’s education program in Bihar,” NIOS chairman CB Sharma advised newshounds at a press convention right here on Wednesday.

The NIOS, which capabilities underneath the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, has been carrying out a certificates path beneath a memorandum of expertise with the Bihar government to develop the abilities of the medical experts available within the State.

The open school has to this point, trained 20,000 medical examiners in Bihar to enable them minimal fitness services.

“These health workers are usually referred to as quacks. After training, they can offer minimum fitness care offerings, specifically in rural regions. These medical experts are geared up with basic talents to diagnose the illnesses of sufferers and help them to attain out to docs for treatment,” he stated.

The college grants commission (UGC) has barred conduct of any technical program in distance schooling mode, which calls for practicals following a Supreme Court’s verdict.

Sharma, but contended that the degree programs in health offerings, planned via the Niti Aayog, could now not come below the purview of the UGC regulations.

“The program may be carried out below the country-wide talent development framework. Course contents will be vetted using the clinical council of India (MCI),” he introduced.