Dimapur, October 21: The North East Christian University (NECU) has become the first university in the country and second institution to have been recognized and accredited by the Quality Council of India as a Personnel Certifying Body (PrCB) for Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs).
The QCI, which is the highest authority on the country, administers quality control and standardization. Among others, the better known BIS, ISI, standards of products and management of hospitals and industry are under the purview of the QCI through its respective national level boards.
One of the initiatives that NECU has taken is being recognized by the Quality council of India as a certifying body for traditional community healthcare providers (TCHP). They are commonly known as traditional healers or ‘kobiraj’. Many of the genuine ones have both competence and skills that have been passed on from generation and they have been selflessly providing effective healthcare to the community.
In order to give them some form of recognition, the QCI, over the last five years started a pilot project whereby some 500 TCHPs were certified in six different States. NECU felt that this facility and assessment scheme could be extended to the North East. The application procedure is elaborate since one need to confirm to international standards. This comes under ISO17024. The Quality Council of India, through its different vetting process has been pleased to accredit NECU as a PrCB.
The NECU was established by an Act passed by the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland and is recognized under the University Grants Commission Act to confer and award degrees for different programmes. It can also award certificates and diplomas in various specified areas. NECU, although a Liberal Arts University strives to promote traditional and cultural diversity, as well as, biodiversity, which are undoubtedly the main strength of the Northeast India. NECU will continue to strive in areas that will empower and uplift the community and people of the region. It will aim for and maintain a high benchmark for quality teaching, training and facilitating. It welcomes partnership in any area that will help improve the quality of life of the people.
(Page News Service)