Hyderabad: In a first of its kind in Asia, the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has announced the launch of a one-year PG diploma distance course in infection prevention and control (PGDIPC) through its Centre for Distance and Virtual Learning (CDVL). Introduction of this course is significant as it has been launched at a time when the country is struggling with the global Corona virus pandemic.

The programme is accessible to working professionals as well as institutions to enhance their capacity to keep infection at bay and get the coveted accreditation of the course. Professor Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor, explained, “There is a need for least 1,00,000 such professionals in India itself. I hope that these multi-faceted professionals will become successful through this programme and make sure that our institutions and communities become a safer place for everyone. I am also particularly happy that this distance programme will be easily accessible and is user-friendly, meeting the requirements of those who are already working to enhance their capacity to fight the spread of infections and also get the coveted accreditation for themselves and their institutions.”

Dr Ranga Reddy Burri, president of Infection Control Academy of India, said the staff and volunteers of the academy along with the university’s e-learning centre has put together this self-learning teaching material in a format that will benefit everyone who enrolls.

Professor B.R Shamanna, along with Dr M. Varalakshmi from the school of medical sciences of University of Hyderabad, are the course’s coordinators for two semesters. The programme emphasises interesting pedagogy that follows a “hear-see-do” approach which is critical to deep learning.

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