Indira Gandhi National Open University has joined hands with Christian Medical Association of India to launch a set of medical courses through its distance learning model.
The university will offer short and long term training courses in health related areas like medical, allied health among others.
The IGNOU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CMAI on July 31 for setting up of 'CMAI-IGNOU Chair for Health Sciences' in this regard.
'The new arrangement will help in imparting professional training in health sciences to students from different parts of the country,' said V N Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor IGNOU.
He noted that with its large network and reach IGNOU can cater to a huge section of the population with such popular courses.
Degrees for successful candidates in these courses will be awarded by IGNOU.
CMAI president Joyce Ponnaiya said the new health care courses will be 'need based' and emphasis will be on developing and imparting professional and quality health care training.
The two institutes will collaborate together in producing and distributing self instructional course materials, apart from imparting training through various available media.