Monday, 22 May 2017

Convocation Ceremony Speech by Dr MK Bhan at IIHMR University

Dr MK Bhan’s speech
The Chairman and members of the IIHMR Board, Esteemed President of IIHMR, members of the faculty, IIHMR scholars and their respected families, all the distinguished  guests and invitees, the many friends who manage and support IIHMR, friends and colleagues.
I feel truly happy to be here today, in a city that I have loved for long, at an institution that has always inspired me and at an occasion when we celebrate the achievements of our young and worthy. Thank you for this opportunity. Truly honoured.
Today is an important milestone for our graduating scholars. Hearty congratulations to you all. It is a gratifying occasion for the families, a celebration of a role played well; for the faculty, an occasion to witness the fruits of their labour of love. There is no better way of spending life than nurturing the young and helping them become passionate, caring, effective members of the society. We are all blessed that our life and work is part of such an exciting mission.
Convocation is truly a time of celebration. Convocation is also an opportunity to invite the young scholars to reflect on the world they live in and the kind of life they may want to live.
The global community including our own cyclically drifts between optimism and cynicism. I am a perennial optimist. In more ways than not the world is a better place today. People live longer, they live better, they are healthier, more people have access to education and health, and there are fewer poor people today than before. Access to information is growing and people are more connected than ever before. Technology is transforming multiple facets of life even at the bottom of the social pyramid.  A child in Africa and South East Asia gets the same vaccines as the one born in America or Europe, fewer children die early in life, as is also true for women during pregnancy. It is good to look at how full the glass is than how empty it is.
It is at the same time unwise to be euphoric and ignore the massive unmet needs and challenges at home, and world at large; lack of trust, social and economic disparity, poor environment and climate, lack of access to basic services, lack of security and empowerment of women, utter disregard for evidence and facts, which are increasingly replaced by prejudice and unsubstantiated opinion. Many of the young, the disadvantaged and elderly are still unsafe. People live longer but this extended life is often neither secure nor graceful?
Is optimism then justified? I believe so because humans have shown resilience as a species to solve problems on an unprecedented scale. To succeed then we need   a scientific approach to life, an ability to generate and deploy knowledge and technology for shaping a better, fairer, interesting, more secure world and the nation. This is what IIHMR has prepared you for and this is the mission that we charge you with today.  This is what wiser of the parents and elders of our society have always taught us.
To preserve our beautiful country, culture and people, we must learn to separate noise from clarity, we must act as we would like others to do, and we must listen as much as we teach. One is only as educated as the way live and act in life. Knowledge is of value only when translated into good practices.
India is alive and living. What a time to be young, in a country that feels young. There is hope and positivism today.
We are a young population. The true potential of a young nation can be realized if we nurture the young through education blended with life experience. It is experience that helps us to answer the most critical of questions- who am I, what is my gift, my purpose, what is the life I want to live, the person I want to be? Education provides the perspective to interpret and understand our experience but it is the latter that gives the insight. I urge all the young scholars to live a life that is full, to immerse in the community and the society around you.  You cannot discover yourself without connecting with those around you.
India needs a workforce but also leadership in every sphere of life. Leadership can be at any level, on any scale and in any context. Leadership is a declaration of intent to strive for excellence, to accept responsibility for people and issues beyond oneself, to accept accountability for ones contributions and actions by others. Wonderful institutions such as IIHMR provide scholars like you, the opportunity to acquire skill as well as leadership ability.  This period at IIHMR will guide you in the future journey.
I have often wondered what separates leaders in different fields and sectors from other good men and women. I believe a vision, an ability to visualize tomorrow, the grasp of the big picture of life and this universe is the most critical. Worthy men and women acquire unique attraction by a mix of values and adaptability, compassion and ability to forgive, respect for both creativity and service and the ability to feel responsible for others in addition to self. Leaders never stop to learn. Extraordinary people have stable values but they are also highly adaptive to changing circumstances. This is what nature and evolutionary biology also teaches us. What is true for extraordinary individuals also characterizes exceptional countries and states. I invite you all, young scholars to embark on this journey of acquiring leadership. Live life in a way that graces life itself.
The story of IIHMR is itself a lesson in leadership. Its founders realized a need for science and evidence driven public health at a time when our country was preoccupied with sick people than sick populations. Famous doctors advised political leaders because there were very few public health professionals. As I observed the IIHMR family over the years, there was much to admire and learn from. The IIHMR family has a modest way of handling its successes, it is also honest in recognizing that the journey to excellence is unending, it is willing to adapt to changing time and needs. You all should feel proud of being part of this family of institutions as I am.
IIHMR has recognized the need for quality human resource at tertiary, secondary and primary care levels. It has brilliantly linked education in facility care and management with public health education. Its programs reflect awareness of the importance of technology in health systems and hospitals. IIHMR significantly contributes to generation of evidence and its synthesis for shaping policy at state and center level. It is a dependable ally and a trusting collaborator for all those engaged in pursuit of universal health care.. It emphasizes through its educational and other efforts, the inescapable link between addressing social determinants of health and the care of the sick. The excellent professionals produced have significantly contributed to improving management and processes in our institutions and systems. I wish a great future for the IIHMR network of institutions and express my deep respect for the leadership. The main barrier to achieving universal health care in India is shortage of human resource. We need an accelerated effort by all concerned to achieve in a decade what might otherwise take a quarter of a century.
Finally, my heartfelt congratulations to all the scholars, to their families and their teachers. I wish you all a bright future, a life rich in experience, accomplishment and contribution. Do remember, in the end it is about making our  fellow citizens and the environment they live in healthier, more secure and full of grace. Said the father of the nation, “practice science with humanism”. Your journey of action begins today. Safe travel.

Jai Hind !

Monday, 17 April 2017

Career Prospects in National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) Scheme

National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), renamed as “Aajeevika”, is a poverty alleviation project implemented by Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India. It was launched on 3rd June, 2011 at Banswada, Rajasthan. The scheme is targeted to cover 7.0 crore below poverty line (BPL)  households (2010 projections of BPL households) across 600 districts, 6000 blocks, 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats, in 6.0 lakh villages in the country. The idea behind this scheme is to organize the poor into community based institutions or Self Help Groups (SHGs) groups (preferably of women) and make them capable for self-employment. The scheme was renamed as Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana on 25 September 2015. To implement the mission, GoI has constituted National Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (NRLPS) for Technical Assistance to all states. A multidisciplinary professional team, National Mission Management Unit (NMMU) is placed in NRLPS. This team consists of senior development professionals, experienced consultants and young professionals. (  

Some the Jobs created in every state, under this mission, include Cluster Coordinator, Project Facilitating Team (PFT) Manager, Block Programme Manager, District Project Manager, State Programme Manager-Monitoring and Evaluation, Procurement, Social Development, Livelihoods, Social Mobilization, Project Director. The salary range Project Facilitating Team (PFT) Manager ranges from Rs. 20,000-40,000 per month, District Manager ranges from Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 50,000 per month, Young Professional Rs. 30,000 p.m. The salary after five years of experience ranges from Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 75,000 depending on specialization/job description. 

MBA – Rural Management is the most desirable educational requirement for the above mentioned managerial jobs in NRLM. MBA Rural Management is a flagship teaching programme at IIHMR University, Jaipur. It equips you with all major skills required for successful Rural Livelihoods Manager in National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) or in voluntary/development sector. The programme offers Sector Specialization in Rural Livelihood Systems in second year of the course. For more details on MBA Rural Management at IIHMR Univerity, please visit

IIHMR University also providing attractive SCHOLARSHIP to meritorious students who want to join MBA Rural Management.

For any comments, suggestions, queries please write to Dr. Susmit Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Rural management (SRM), IIHMR University, Jaipur at

Admissions Open 2017- 19
MBA Rural Management

Friday, 24 March 2017

Scholarship to Meritorious Students for MBA Programmes - IIHMR University

The IIHMR University, Jaipur envisages providing Scholarships in the form of tuition fees waiver to prospective meritorious students
The eligibility of the Scholarship is as Under:

MBA Hospital and Health Management
MBA Pharmaceutical Management
MBA Rural Management
Percentage of Marks in the Graduate Degree
Percentage Exemption in Tuition Fee
Percentage of Marks in the Graduate Degree
Percentage Exemption in Tuition Fee
Percentage of Marks in the Graduate Degree
Percentage Exemption in Tuition Fee
50 – 60 %
MBBS Students 25 %
Others Nil
50 – 70 %
No Scholarship
50- 60 %
No Scholarship
61 – 80 %
MBBS Students 50 %
Others Nil
71 – 80 %
25 %
61 – 70 %
50 %
71 – 80 %
75 %
81 % and Above
All Students – 50%
81 % and Above
All Students 75 %
81 % and above
All Students
100 %

To apply online visit 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The National Health Policy, 2017

The Cabinet has approved the National Health Policy 2017. It is a huge milestone in the history of the health sector in the country. The Health Ministry has formulated the National Health Policy 2017, under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji. The last National Health Policy was framed in 2002. So, this policy has come after a gap of 15 years to address the current and emerging challenges necessitated by the changing socio-economic, technological and epidemiological landscape.
The Government of India adopted a highly participative and consultative approach in policy formulation process. The Draft National Health Policy was placed it public domain on 30th December 2014. Over 5000 suggestions were received. This was followed by consultations with the State Governments and other stakeholders for further fine-tuning of the policy. The policy was placed before the Central Council for Health & Family Welfare, the apex policy making a body and was unanimously endorsed by it.
The policy informs and prioritizes the role of the Government in shaping health systems in all its dimensions- investment in health, organization and financing of health care services, prevention of diseases and promotion of good health through cross-sectoral action, access to technologies, developing human resources, encouraging medical pluralism, building the knowledge base required for better health, financial protection strategies and regulation and progressive assurance for health. The policy is aimed at reaching healthcare in an assured manner to all, particularly the underserved and underprivileged.
The policy aims for the attainment of the highest possible level of health and well-being for all at all ages, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence. This would be achieved through increasing access, improving quality and lowering the cost of healthcare delivery.The broad principles of the Policy are centered on professionalism, integrity and ethics, equity, affordability, universality, patient-centered and quality of care, accountability, and pluralism.
The policy seeks to move away from Sick- Care to Wellness, with thrust on prevention and health promotion. While the policy seeks to reorient and strengthen the public health systems, it also looks fresh at strategic purchasing from the private sector and leveraging their strengths to achieve national health goals. The policy looks at the stronger partnership with the private sector.
As a crucial component, the Policy proposes raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP in a time bound manner. The Policy advocates a progressively incremental assurance-based approach. It envisages providing a larger package of assured comprehensive primary health care through the ‘Health and Wellness Centers’ and denotes the important change from very selective to a comprehensive primary health care package which includes care for major NCDs, mental health, geriatric health care, palliative care and rehabilitative care services. It advocates allocating major proportion (two-thirds or more) of resources to primary care. It aims to ensure availability of 2 beds per 1000 population distributed in a manner to enable access within the golden hour. In order to provide access and financial protection, it proposes free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency and essential healthcare services in all public hospitals.
The Policy has also assigned specific quantitative targets aimed at reduction of disease prevalence/incidence under 3 broad components viz.(a)health status and program impact, (b) health system performance and (c) health systems strengthening, aligned to the policy objectives. Some key targets that the policy seeks to achieve are -
1. Life Expectancy and healthy life
a. Increase Life Expectancy at birth from 67.5 to 70 by 2025.
b. Establish regular tracking of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) Index as a measure of the burden of disease and its trends by major categories by 2022.
c. Reduction of TFR to 2.1 at national and sub-national level by 2025.

2. Mortality by Age and/ or cause
a. Reduce Under Five Mortality to 23 by 2025 and MMR from current levels to 100 by 2020.
b. Reduce infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019.
c. Reduce neonatal mortality to 16 and still birth rate to “single digit” by 2025.
3. Reduction of disease prevalence/ incidence
a. Achieve global target of 2020 which is also termed as target of 90:90:90, for HIV/AIDS i. e,- 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, - 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
b. Achieve and maintain elimination status of Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017.
c. To achieve and maintain a cure rate of >85% in new sputum positive patients for TB and reduce incidence of new cases, to reach elimination status by 2025.
d. To reduce the prevalence of blindness to 0.25/ 1000 by 2025 and disease burden by one-third from current levels.
e. To reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025.
This policy focuses on tackling the emerging challenge of non-communicable diseases. It supports an integrated approach where screening for the most prevalent NCDs with secondary prevention would make a significant impact on treduction of morbidity and preventable mortality.
The policy envisages a three dimensional integration of AYUSH systems encompassing cross referrals, co-location and integrative practices across systems of medicines. This has a huge potential for effective prevention and therapy, that is safe and cost-effective. Yoga would be introduced much more widely in school and work places as part of promotion of good health.
To improve and strengthen the regulatory environment, the policy seeks putting in place systems for setting standards and ensuring quality of health care. The policy is patient centric and empowers the patient for resolution of all their problems. The policy also looks at reforms in the existing regulatory systems both for easing manufacturing of drugs and device s, to promote Make in India, as also for reforming medical education. The policy, has at its centre, the person, who seeks and needs medical care.
The policy advocates development of cadre of mid-level service providers, nurse practitioners, public health cadre to improve availability of appropriate health human resource.
The policy also seeks to address health security and make in India for drugs and devices. It also seeks to align other policies for medical devices and equipment with public health goals.
The policy envisages a time-bound Implementation Framework with clear deliverables and milestones to achieve the policy goals.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Heal the world

Healthcare management is emerging as a growing field with several career opportunities. Given the possible growth of India’s health sector, professionals with specialized management degrees will be sought after. It is estimated that healthcare industry will grow at a CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) of 16.6%.

Many students today, are highly confused with what to do after graduation. Some land a job after graduation, but the majority must get a post-graduate degree to have a decent job.

Healthcare management is one such field that has brilliant prospects in the job environment.

IIHMR University, may not be as popular as Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) or IIM Calcutta (IIM-C), but it beats the well-renowned B-Schools when it comes to talent placement in the healthcare industry. Interestingly, several premium B-Schools in South East Asia struggle to match the number of students as well as hiring companies that a handful of smaller but exclusive management institutes such as IIHMR attract in their healthcare management stream, which is in high demand now.

Currently, the demand outweighs the supply and this is likely to continue in the coming decade. Here are some top career opportunities available.

MBA Hospital and Health Mangement

Patient safety and quality management coordinators
This position guides staff within the hospital and seeks to improve the quality of patient care through assurance and innovation in partnership with local teams. This helps in the reduction of medical errors and other factors that contribute to accidental patient outcomes. The Patient Safety and Quality Coordinator, together with senior clinical and operational managers, is responsible for the implementation of patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

Hospital operations/hospital administrators
Health administrators are responsible for safeguarding the smooth operation of a hospital, hospital system or healthcare organizations. As the backbone of healthcare systems, healthcare administrators take up the responsibilities of supervising the vast expanses involving medical personnel. They work behind the scenes to make all types of health care facilities work as efficiently as possible and hire doctors, develop budgets, come up with new policies and patient services.

Assistant medical superintendents/ Deputy medical superintendents
They ensure high standards of patient care and work to deliver on service quality standards along with defining and implementing performance parameters for doctors. They are experts in implementation and adhering to Standard Operative Procedures (SOP) in all clinical specialties, conducting regular medical audits on an ongoing basis and so on. They work to ensure that proper SOPs are in place for the efficient admission, care and discharge of patients.

EOs of hospitals
It is of great importance for a hospital to be run in as highly a cost-effective manner as possible and it is handled by a Chief Executive Officer. A Hospital CEO is responsible for the management and operation of an entire healthcare organization. The main objective of the CEO is to plan, direct and coordinate operational activities with the help of secondary-level executives and staff managers.

Many hospital management experts do not wish to join any industry or an organization, Startups can be hospitals, consulting firms, management agencies or healthcare IT firms. option. of start-ups and entrepreneurs, this is emerging as an interesting career scenario but start a venture of their own. In this current

Training coordinators
They are responsible for training, mapping out training plans, designing and developing training programmes.

Managers/assistant managers at third party administrators (TPAs)
TPAs function as an intermediary between the insurance provider and the insured. One can join as managers and assistant managers on pursuing healthcare management and these specialists work with medical records, coding and billing professionals, and insurance companies to ensure the plan benefits are properly applied.

Bio-medical waste management expert
The Ministry of Essential and Climate Change, Government of India, has raised the BMW Rules on March 28, 2016, through a gazette notification which states that every health care facility is mandated to segregate and dispose of bio-medical waste as per these rules. There is an imminent need to increase the awareness and training/ capacity building of the different category of health functionary in safe. Centre disposal of bio-medical waste from hospital and health

District programme managers
These professionals are designated to the monitoring and planning of district health strategies, as in the National Rural Health Mission.

Consultants in International and National NGOs
NGOs working in health field and needs professionals from the healthcare sector to impart the appropriate knowledge and skills to a fresh graduate. Not all institutes have the required capabilities to provide curriculum and training to create job-ready candidates. Thus, it is important to choose the right institution so that the right career opportunities can unfold. specialized destination. However, there is a catch in all these avenues. Healthcare and hospital management is a favoured sector is another

The writer is Dean, Academics, IIHMR

Monday, 27 February 2017

Pharma Summit 2017 to discuss challenges and growing opportunities in the Pharma sector

Changing eco-system to create better opportunities and growth up to 45% in Pharma industry by 2025- IIHMR University
Conducts Pharma Summit 2017 to discuss challenges and growing opportunities in the Pharma sector
Jaipur, 25th Feb, 2017: India- One of the largest and the most complex demography in the world will be the youngest nation by 2022. With the initiatives taken by the Government of India on demonetization, introduction of the GST along with Make in India, Smart Cities, Digital India and Startup India have played an important role in changing the eco-system and created newer platforms in many sectors including the pharmaceutical sector. To further discuss the opportunities and challenges in the Pharmaceutical sector, IIHMR University Jaipur invited experts such as Mr. Rajendra Talele, Head Clinical Development Services- Accutest Research Laboratories, Mr. Deve Babre, Associate Vice President, Tata Consulting Services, Mumbai, Mr. Sachin Tadge, Project Manager, Cognizant Mumbai during its Pharma Summit 2017 held on 25th Feb, 2017.  

Dr. SD Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University Jaipur said, “Despite price capping, demonetization and GST implementation – all of which are perceived to impact the Pharma sector adversely, this industry will continue to grow and the major growth engines will be domestic sales, exports, an ageing population, Health insurance coverage, increases in per capita spending, Medical tourism etc. All these factors combined together put more pressure on the effective management, governance, availability and accessibility of pharmaceutical products, especially in remote areas.  This poses increasing challenges for Pharmaceutical managers not only in term of demanding effective Leadership Skills but also in the sector’s demand for quality manpower that can hit the ground running. In this context, IIHMR University’s MBA Pharmaceutical Management program fills this vacuum to a great extent because it imparts managerial skills that are relevant for the Pharma sector.”

Mr. Deve Babre, Associate Vice President, Tata Consulting Services said, “Due to high growth rate in domestic and overseas market, there is a strong need of Pharmaceutical Management Graduates in Sales, Marketing, KPO’s, Medical writing and Communication, Medical devices, Supply Chain and Logistics, Hospital Industry, Healthcare Communications and Pharmaceutical Digital Marketing business categories. The pharma sector is emerging and is mostly chosen by young candidates for fast career progression, thereby being the number one choice for both Pharmacy and Non-pharmacy graduates, which later on choose formal Pharmaceutical Management education program and get domain expertise which is needed in Pharma and Healthcare sector.”

The Pharmaceutical segment is an integral part of the Indian healthcare market, a market worth approximately Rs. 100 billion, growing with a CAGR of 22.9%.  Healthcare delivery includes hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostics centres, and pharmaceuticals, constitutes 65 per cent of the overall market. Globally, the Indian Pharma market is the 3rd largest in terms of volume and 13th in terms of value. By 2020 the Indian Pharma market will be touching $55bn with a CAGR of ~15.9%, with Generics occupying 70% market share followed by OTC 21% and patented drugs capturing 9% market share. To this Dr. Gupta added, “The industry inspite of many challenges will create 58000 more job opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector and we expect the industry to grow upto 45% by 2025.”

Dr. Ashok Peepliwal, Professor at School of Pharmaceutical Management, IIHMR University Jaipur said, “In the last 5 years, there has been a growth in non-communicable diseases.  Segments like Cardiovascular, Anti-Diabetes, Anti-cancers, Anti-depressants are the fastest growing areas of concern due to rapid urbanization and changes in life-style patterns. The Union Budget of 2017 addressed this issue, and prompted the government to recommend tertiary and secondary hospitals to launch “Wellness Centres” and to make the Indian public aware of “Public Health” challenges.  It is notable that these actions have shifted the onus on to prominent educational institutions to deliver healthcare management professionals especially in the field of Primary Health, Hospital Administration, Pharmaceutical Management and Public Health.” 

The IIHMR University, which pioneered cutting-edge research in Healthcare Sector, has been meeting the demand for these professionals through their MBA programs in Health Management, Hospital Management, Pharmaceutical Management, Rural Management and Masters in Public Health (MPH) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

According to AWACS, a total of 55 Companies have been launched in last 36 Months, where 5 Companies have crossed 10 crore in Revenue. These new companies are now being led by Saffron Therapeutics, Brinton Healthcare, Innovcare Life Sciences, Jubilant Life Sciences & Emenox Healthcare. With the rise in Government taking various initiatives and the exports of the Pharma sector rising, According to the India Skill Report 2016-17, the gender diversity in Pharma and Healthcare sector is 71.72% males and only 28.28% females.

Mr. Rajendra Talele, Head Clinical Development Services- Accutest Research Laboratories, said, “Keeping in mind the surge in the Pharmaceutical sector, one must not neglect certain aspects of the Indian pharma sector which is highly unorganized and fragmented in nature. It has nearly 25,000 companies, only 330 are organized. Total employable candidates with B. Pharm degrees were 42.3% in 2016 as against those 40.62% in 2015. Also as per the Industry wise hiring targets for women in Pharma and Healthcare sector the total target is about 38.67% women as per the India Skill Report and the total employability of women is only about 28.28% which calls for the need of gender diversity to be maintained in the Pharmaceutical industry.”

In view of the national push to “formalize” all sectors of the economy—of which the Pharma sector is a critical component, Management education in the health sector can play a vital role in facilitating the push towards greater professionalization and formalization. There is a growing demand for Pharmaceutical Management Graduates in Sales, Marketing, KPO’s, Medical writing and Communication, Medical devices, Supply Chain and Logistics, Hospital Industry, Healthcare Communications and Pharmaceutical Digital Marketing business categories. This sector is emerging as a choice sector for GenY, for whom careers as professionals and management trainees with good starting salaries have emerged as attractive career option.  It is therefore not surprising that the Pharma industry, which employs ~5.5-5.7 Lakh people, hired approx.1.34 Lakh people in 2016 and the same momentum is expected to continue in the coming year.

The Pharma Summit was concluded by discussing trends alongwith various other aspects that could give impetus to the growth of the Pharma sector. Biosimilars and Biologics are burgeoning sectors in 2017 also major scientific and technological advances, coupled with socio-demographic changes and increasing demand for medicines will revive the pharma industry’s fortunes in another 10 to 20 years. Other trends like increase in coverage of health insurance, advancement in medical technology and penetration of mobile health services will give further impetus to the growth of the Indian pharma industry.