The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a programme to train medical graduates in treating diabetes.
The target audience for this programme are those medical graduates who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of medical diabetology.
The course will be launched January next year and will be offered through IGNOU study centres.
This PG diploma programme for medical graduates in diabetes mellitus was launched after a memorandum of understanding was signed between IGNOU's School of Health Sciences (SOHS) and Hansa Med Cell, a company working in providing medical education.
Speaking about the programme to the media, P.R. Ramanujam, pro-vice chancellor of IGNOU, said "Flexibility and outreach are the two important strengths of the university. We hope to use these strengths for improving health care, especially to the poorest sections of society."
The need to introduce the programme was felt due to the fact that Diabetes has become a pandemic today, especially in India. According to the International Diabetes Foundation, the number of diabetes cases in India has doubled from 19 million in 1995 to 40.9 million in 2007. It is estimated that by 2030, every fifth person with diabetes will be an Indian.