Thursday, January 21, 2010

IGNOU Online PG Diploma Programme in Acupuncture

IGNOU Online PG Diploma Programme in Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional method of therapy which is very well recognized world over and well accepted by the people as it does not have any side effects. This method has been found to be useful in all types of diseases, specially the chronic diseases. Moreover the cost of the treatment is less as compared to the other systems of medicine.
It shall help graduates of different system of medicine to learn a new modality of therapy and utilize it for patient’s benefit in treating acute and chronic diseases
This will be the first medical programme, which will be offered online.
The Programme is offered in English.

The programme is available to the Medical graduates (Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Yoga and Naturopathy ).

The programme can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 3 years.

Programme Structure
The PG Diploma in Acupuncture programme consists of 10 courses The 32 credit programme comprises 6 theory courses and 4 practical courses. The courses are designed on the basis of learning hours required by an average student.
Special Features of the Programme
The special features of the programme is its excellent study material developed by the experts in the country and have been prepared not only by the specialists and experienced Acupuncturists ( Dr.Raman Kapur & Dr. Sunita Kapur) but also specialists in computer, communication and media technologies. This is the first medical programme which is being offered online.

About the PG Diploma in Acupuncture Online Programme
PG Diploma in Acupuncture programme is now available online. This is an initiative of IGNOU to develop in-house Learning & Content Management System for imparting online education. It is a complete virtual learning environment covering all the activities from registration to certification. The following features are available in PG Diploma in Acupuncture online programme :

Walk in admission-The admission for this programme is open throughout the year. However, the academic session commences from 1st January of each year.
Registration- Registration forms have been specially designed for online registration with the facility of uploading scanned certificates, other required documents and photograph. After online registration students are requested to submit attested Photostats of certificate for verification. Registration will be confirmed only after verification of the certificates and payment of the required admission fee. Facility for online payment is available through the payment gateway of AXIS Bank.
Integrated multimedia courseware- once registered, learners will be given a password to have access to personalized learning space (My Page). This includes self instructional material.
Online counseling and mentoring – web cast based counseling integrated with text based chatting facility is used for counseling purposes.
24×7 learner support- asynchronous and synchronous modes of interaction will be used to provide just in time support to learners. The content specific queries can be sent to
Continuous evaluation- Evaluation will be done by giving theory assignments and practical internal assessment examinations during each of the four contact sessions.
Contact Sessions – There shall be 4 contact sessions in each academic year. Duration of each contact session will be of 10 days. The contact session will held at the Programme Study Centre (click here for the list ) . Normally one contact session will be held in each quarter of the year, the dates of which will be finalized by the Programme-in-Charge in consultation with the students.
E-tutor based practical- online instructions and e-tutorials for hands on practice of i) Acupuncture needling methods and ii)Moxibustion will be used for the practical sessions. Multimedia manuals for self learning are provided online.
Group based online seminar- Blogs, chat rooms and discussion forums and web conferencing facility are used for group based seminars.
Term End Examination- The theory term end examination would be conducted by IGNOU at the identified Examination Centres. List of which will be displayed online. Practical examination will be conducted at identified Programme Study Centres. The intimation of dates and venue of Practical Examination will be done in due course.

Last date for registration for the academic year 2010 is 31st December,2009.

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