IGNOU starts PG course in acupuncture

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 19 August 2018

The programme will be offered in an offline Open and Distance Learning mode

Pune: School of Health Sciences of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched postgraduate (PG) Certificate Programme in Acupuncture (PGCACP) from July 2018 session.

The programme will be offered in an offline Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode with a soft as well as a hard copy in the print format. The programme can be completed in a minimum period of one year and a maximum period of three years.

What does acupuncture mean?
Acupuncture is a traditional method of therapy, which is very well recognised world over and well accepted by the people, as it does not have any side effects. 

Acupuncture’s effectiveness depends on its ability to improve the flow of qi (the life-force, vitality, or energy that keeps us alive) in the body. It is generally effective as a single mode of treatment.

However, in some diseases, it is used as a supplementary therapy. The method has been found to be useful for all types of diseases, especially chronic diseases.  Moreover, the cost of treatment is less as compared to the other systems of medicine.

Eligibility criteria
Medical graduates of allopathy, ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha, homoeopathy, dentistry and physiotherapy are eligible for the programme as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The programme will be offered at selected study centres all over India.

Tha candidates will have to choose one of them and mention it in the admission form. The nine study centres are located in following cities; Delhi, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rourkela (Orissa), Hubli (Karnataka), Nashik (Maharashtra), Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Kolkata (West Bengal).
IGNOU officials stated that it will help graduates of different systems of medicine to learn a new modality of therapy and utilise it for patient’s benefit in treating acute and chronic diseases. 

“The popularity of acupuncture as a mode of therapy is growing day by day and more qualified therapists are required to meet the goal of health for all,” read the official statement.  

Other details
- The cost of the programme is Rs 30,000.
- Application forms are available on IGNOU website.  
- The new academic session has started in July 2018, IGNOU has extended the dates of application for courses till August 31.
- The next academic session entries start in January 2019.

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