Bhubaneswar: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), School of Vocational Education, is soon opening a hub in healthcare in Bhubaneswar in association with Acrux Knowledge Centre (AKC) to skill young mass to meet the huge man power gap of trained professionals in the sector.
First time in the State, the Institute will provide Bachelor degree in Vocational Education (B.Voc), Diploma Programmes in Patient Care Management, Medical Lab Technology, X-ray and Ultra Sound Assistance. The admission to these courses will start from July next.
The need for training man power in the healthcare sector has risen because of the lack of skilled people in the sector. Given the rate at which the health sector is growing in the country, the shortfall will be enormous in the next decade if the issue is not addressed immediately, informed Manaswini Swain, the Hub Director.
The Indian healthcare industry has been growing at 12 percent per annum over the last four years. It is because of the rise in life expectancy, improved income levels, health insurance, life-style related diseases and improved technology.
The hub would open new vistas for the local youth in the medical care sector in the coming years with guaranteed employment, she added. Besides, the Institute would have tie up with major hospitals in the state for knowledge acquisition and help arrange bank loans .
Tata Institute of Social Science, School of Vocational Education, Professor, Dr . Medha Somaiya said, “Hospitals and nursing homes are a Rs.60, 000 crore per annum industry in the country. In the next 10 years, the country would require 1.5 million doctors against the present 7.5 lakh strength..Similarly, the strength of trained nurses would go up from the existing 3.7 million force to 11 million. Supply of paramedics and technician will grow four fold.”