NPTEL joins hands with NIRT in TB to train doctors

Dr Srikanth-Tripathy, Director-in-Charge of NIRT, felicitated Prof Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras, during the launch of Manage TB Dr Srikanth-Tripathy, Director-in-Charge of NIRT, felicitated Prof Andrew Thangaraj, Coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras, during the launch of Manage TB

An eight-week ‘Manage TB – an online course for Doctors’ will be offered to help the ‘End TB’ Strategy & ‘TB Free Chennai’ initiative

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has joined hands with National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) to offer ‘Manage Tuberculosis – an online certification course for Doctors.’ It is expected to impart a major boost to the ‘End TB’ Strategy & ‘TB Free Chennai’ initiative.

This eight-week course was prepared in consultation with experts in the field of TB management and covered the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of TB as a public health problem. NPTEL has provided the support for recording and hosting on the portal, along with coordination for conduct of final exams.

Speaking about the importance of this course, Prof Andrew Thangaraj, NPTEL coordinator, IIT Madras, said, “We believe that this is the first course of this nature addressing a specific disease of public health importance in India. We hope that it will benefit doctors treating TB patients and help them to offer care of a higher order to their patients.”

Prof Thangaraj added that there was vast potential to develop online courses in a range of subjects and the NPTEL would welcome new proposals and coordinate the offering of the same.

The ‘Manage TB – an online course for Doctors’ was developed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – NIRT in collaboration with the NPTEL. It is an initiative to address this felt need of sensitising doctors both in the public and private sector to the standards of care and the new guidelines and developments in the modern management of TB.

The course has been designed after extensive discussions with subject experts and has been planned keeping in mind the busy work schedule of doctors in practice. This eight-week course consists of video lectures, case discussion scenarios and video demonstrations of laboratory procedures.

The course was launched recently by Madhusudhan Reddy IAS, Deputy Commissioner (Health), Greater Chennai Corporation, ICMR-NIRT in the presence of Dr Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-Charge of NIRT. Expressing happiness with the move by NPTEL to enter the field of medicine, Madhusudhan Reddy said that a course like this was very much needed in view of the ‘End TB’ Strategy and the ‘TB Free Chennai’initiative that have been rolled out recently.

Reddy said that he would urge all the doctors in the Chennai Corporation to enroll in the course. He also said that courses aimed at the paramedical staff involved in TB control would be very helpful. Dr Sanjay Mehendale, former Additional Director General, ICMR advised the organisers to explore the feasibility of awarding CME credit points for the course as that would encourage a larger participation among doctors.

NPTEL was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. The online courses cover all disciplines of Engineering such as Biotechnology, Ocean Engineering and, Metallurgical Sciences apart from the popular courses such as Computer Science Engineering or Electrical Engineering.