Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 31: HLL Academy, the academic wing of the central public sector enterprise HLL Lifecare Ltd, has announced two new courses, in clinical engineering and in management, as part of efforts to address the shortage of skilled manpower faced by the healthcare sector in these two key areas.
HLL Academy is offering a Post Graduate Diploma Course in Clinical Engineering and Management (PGDCEM) and a Post Diploma Course in Clinical Engineering and Management (PCEM) for graduate engineers and diploma holders.
The one-year courses will cover different aspects of product development, production, quality control, and marketing of various pharmaceuticals, medical devices and services.
The programmes will be offered through distance education supported by contact classes and will comprise two semesters of six months each. The curriculum has been designed to fulfil the requirements of healthcare institutions, procurement service agencies and equipment manufacturers.
The eligibility for PGDCEM is an Engineering degree in Biomedical, Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Chemical or Biotechnology disciplines. Engineering Diploma holders in Biomedical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechanical or Medical Instrumentation can apply for PDCEM.
The details of the courses and prospectus are available at HLL Academy website- www.hllacademy.in.
“Graduate engineers and diploma holders who have to work in the area of medical equipment procurement have no systematic exposure to the field of procurement management and rules and regulations in force; our country is heavily short of skilled manpower in the areas” said HLL Chairman and Managing Director Dr M Ayyappan.
“Similarly, there is lack of awareness among the medical practitioners and life scientists about the clinical engineering disciplines. The academy has developed the courses to bridge the gap between advanced medical fields and their application for public benefit,” he added.
There is huge employment potential in health procurement houses, health care organisations and facility management groups, especially with the current impetus in the growth of public and private owned healthcare enterprises, Dr Ayyappan said. “The vision of HLL Academy is to make difference – become a center of excellence in providing learning, research, training and consultancy in specialised areas in healthcare sector.”
The academy has more such programmes in the pipeline, in the areas of Social Marketing and Good Manufacturing Practices.
HLL Lifecare has been engaged in medical device and equipment procurement for the last 20 years. The company had been involved in the government’s PMSSY procurement programme. Currently HLL is the project consultant for the six new AIIMSs being set up by the Govt. of India as well as medical colleges set up by ESIC and a number of state governments. HLL is also the major procurement consultant for the six AIIMS, ESIC, state governments and NRHM.
Currently HLL Lifecare employs about 30 qualified and experienced biomedical engineers well versed in the field of hospital project management, procurement management, maintenance management, quality assurance techniques and academic disciplines.
From a single product company, HLL has transformed into multi-faceted healthcare delivery company with presence in more than 115 countries around the world. Today it has seven state-of-the art manufacturing facilities and 22 regional offices across India.
HLL’s range of products includes contraceptives, hospital products, pharmaceuticals, Ayurvedic products, vaccines, personal hygiene products and diagnostic kits. Its range of services includes infrastructure development, healthcare services, procurement consultancy and facility management. HLL is positioned as a total healthcare solution provider catering to the well-being of the society at large.
The Infrastructure Development Division of the company provides services in design, engineering and execution of construction projects. Clients include Government of India, state governments, government departments, public sector undertakings and corporations such as Employees’ State Insurance Corporation of India (ESIC), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Kerala Social Welfare department and autonomous bodies such as Malabar Cancer Centre, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) etc.
Apart from infrastructure development services, Infrastructure Development Division also offers facility management services to its clients. HLL’s Healthcare division operates Hindlabs MRI Scan centres and Lifecare Centres-centre for surgical equipments, medicines and ophthalmic products-in various parts of the country.
HLL runs a chain of hospitals under the banner of ‘Life Spring Hospitals’. In the Medipark at Chengalpet , Tamil Nadu HLL is setting up an integrated vaccine manufacturing facility.