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Three-and-half-year BSc (Community Health) course may be introduced from 2013-14: Azad

New Delhi: A new three-and-half-year Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course, prepared by the union government in consultation with the Medical Council of India (MCI), is likely to be introduced from the academic year 2013-14 in the states willing to adopt it, according to the union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Azad said the main objective of the proposed course, earlier known as Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC), is to create mid-level health professionals who will be primarily deployed at sub-centres and would possess the necessary public health and ambulatory care competencies to serve the rural population.

According to the minister, the candidates eligible for the course will be those who have completed 10+2 with science subjects — Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The duration of the course will be three years with six months of rotational internship.

Admission as well as deployment will be district based as far as possible. After acquiring the BSc (Community Health) degree, the graduates will be employed as Community Health Officers (CHOs) by state government, said Azad.

A task force has been constituted to frame norms for requirement of physical infrastructure, facilities required in Rural Health Schools and examine aspects regarding introduction of the course. The matter is also being examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare.

According to the health minister, a few medical associations like the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have not welcomed the proposal. “Nonetheless, in order to address the serious concern of shortage of availability of human resources in health sector in rural areas, the government is committed to introduce the course, with inbuilt safeguards,” Azad said.


  1. NIRANJAN KUMAR NIRANJAN KUMAR Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Respected sir,
    My name is Niranjan kumar ,Male ,from jharkhand,ranchi,
    I have passed examination of intermediate with physics,chemistry,biology . percentage 60%.i want to apply for this course of helth care,
    May I apply for this course.
    Please kindly check and reply sir.

    Thank you…!

    Your faithfully,
    Niranjan kumar,Ranchi.
    Date.- 9.2.2017

  2. bijender singh bijender singh Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Please tell about this course.about college and there any relaxation for a pH ysiotherapist.

  3. PAVITHRA.N PAVITHRA.N Monday, July 6, 2015 us…we r waiting for ur single rply about this course

  4. PAVITHRA.N PAVITHRA.N Monday, July 6, 2015

    bsc.communityhealth course..details in tamilnadu…how can i apply??where could i get application for this course?? please reply me soon…

  5. Shisir Baran Sarkar Shisir Baran Sarkar Saturday, April 4, 2015

    When B.Sc in community health course introduce in West Bengal?.I am interested this Course.It is really
    a good step by the Gov’t.I want to know eligibility of this course..

  6. m srinivasulu reddy m srinivasulu reddy Sunday, March 8, 2015

    sir i would like to join my daughter in to this course.

    Please inform me course duration, name of the colleges in
    Andhrapradesh,Tamilnadu or Karnataka or any where in India.
    what is the fees structure of the course. which entrance based this course will be joined.

  7. Nagarajan Nagarajan Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    I want know that the course… Will start in which collage and year in tamilnadu

  8. Musa B. Dahaba Musa B. Dahaba Monday, February 23, 2015

    Please kindly update me as and when the course will start i am interested

  9. chandresh chandresh Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    I want to know that the course will start in which year please tell me

  10. Safura Safura Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Will this course start this year??
    And send me the fee and college lists in kerala?

  11. joshna joshna Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    i want to knw in which place these collages are there its feesstructure

  12. Pushpendra Pushpendra Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    i want to know about this course and collage with fees. plz tell me

  13. man man Thursday, November 21, 2013

    is there any effect on doctor of pharmacy (pharm.d) graduates?

  14. oygen oygen Saturday, November 16, 2013

    I want to know were this course starts in kerala.colleges

  15. Love preet Love preet Friday, October 25, 2013

    What are requirements to take admission in b.s.c. Health nd community nd any exam is held or not and colleges in punjab please tell me thanks be happy

  16. Jit Jit Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Are people who have undergone GNM or ANM courses eligible to apply for this course???

  17. RANGANATHA RANGANATHA Friday, July 5, 2013

    respt sir/madam….
    please give me admission bsc comunity health 2013-2014
    health dept c group emply’s in serves health inspectar

  18. Islam Islam Saturday, May 11, 2013

    मेँ कैसे सामुदायिक स्वास्थ साढे तीन वर्ष पाठयक्रम मेँ बीएससी मेँ दाखिला ले सकता हुँ।

  19. rakesh sen rakesh sen Sunday, April 28, 2013

    मैं कैसे सामुदायिक स्वास्थ्य साढ़े तीन वर्षीय पाठ्यक्रम में बीएससी में दाखिला ले सकते हैं.

  20. Divyesh thakur Divyesh thakur Saturday, April 20, 2013

    How i can take admission in bsc in community health three and half year course.

  21. Sudhakar singh Sudhakar singh Saturday, April 13, 2013

    please let me know the admission criteria of this coarse and if a bsc nurse can get any relaxation of duration or not….plz plz plz…sir or mam…

  22. mukesh saini mukesh saini Thursday, April 4, 2013

    i want to know fees for this course.and its starting date for admission. thank you sir

  23. T.Elijah paul jayaseelan T.Elijah paul jayaseelan Thursday, March 21, 2013

    I would like to know detailed information about this course, like colleges in Tamilnadu, and fees for this course.any Entrance Exam conduct for this course.
    Thank you sir

  24. T.Elijah paul jayaseelan T.Elijah paul jayaseelan Thursday, March 21, 2013

    I would like to know detailed information about this course, like colleges in Tamilnadu, and fees for this course,any Entrance Exams condut for this course,where to apply please Reply me sir.
    Thank you sir

  25. saroj saroj Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    i want to know about the colleges of bsc in community health…

  26. ashish b dev ashish b dev Saturday, February 16, 2013

    i want information about this course

  27. neema jajoo neema jajoo Thursday, January 31, 2013

    i wanted to know about the colleges of bsc in community health…

  28. P.Narayana Reddy P.Narayana Reddy Sunday, January 13, 2013

    Now the medical education in India is regulated by members nominated by the union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azaad.He did not care to make MCI independent and elected body.All political parties are happy with this type of MCI. Ever since MCI under Dr Ketan Desai was dissolved and MCI was reorganized with seven members dominated by superpecialists,the reading on the wall was clear. In India,political support and money power are basic requirements to get permissions or appovals.There is no place for properly regulated and standard medical education.There was dilution of rules and increase in MBBS/PG medical seats in majority of private medical colleges.Curiously,no punishment was written for those violating the rules.The result is disaster for government sector medical colleges.In A.P, most of the private medical colleges started five years before do not have adequate number of patients or medical faculty even today. But all of them have PG degrees and most of the MCI inspectors who visited these medical colleges particularly at Khammam,Guntur,Nellore never showed gross deficiencies.Public has become increasingly vigilant and once there are no patients,the demand for private medical colleges may come down.This proposed new course may come handy for these medical colleges in future.In medicine,many deseases start as little problem and if no proper early treatment is given,they gradually become severe.Anybody may save the life of patient but nobody has right to wait till the medical problem ends up with complications.Already in villages,many ANMs,Nurses,quacks are busy in treating the needy with cheap treatment and dumping them in nursing homes or government hospitals if there is complications. In A.P. there are many nursing colleges where the student need not study for full term but will get government recognised nursing diploma or ANM degree at the end of prescribed time.All these are known to government officials and politicians but the degree of corruption is so high that more substandard colleges offering paramedical or nursing colleges are welcome. Already there is excess of substandard doctors and nurses in our country. If the proposed new para medical course is started in hospitals having minimum 200 beds ,then the situation may not be worse.

  29. vinod vinod Saturday, January 12, 2013

    Rural areas patients are realliy in need of such type of inciatives which is taken by MCI.
    I would like to know detailed information about this course, like colleges in nagpur, eligibility
    criteria like age, and fees for this course.

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