Mumbai: GE Healthcare, an arm of General Electric Co., on Monday launched a mission to accelerate the building of a ‘Yogya Bharat,’ or Skilled India that aims at creating a 100,000-strong skilled healthcare workforce.
The company has partnered with healthcare and education experts to set up healthcare education and training institutes that will provide accredited skill building programmes for students who have passed the 12th Standard and skill enhancement programmes for existing healthcare professionals.
National Skill Development Corp. India, through the Healthcare Sector Skills Council, is helping devise the curriculum and supporting accreditation.
A study done by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) indicates that the current requirement for allied healthcare professionals (AHP) in India is nearly 6.5 million as against a supply of less than 300,000.
GE Healthcare aims to set up at least one healthcare education and training institute in each state and has already signed Memorandum of Understanding with institutions—both in government and the private sector.
The first institutes will start operations in Mumbai, Greater Noida, Bhatinda and Bhubaneshwar. The Mumbai institute is already functional and is fully funded and run by GE Healthcare.