29th September 2021: India faces an acute shortage of healthcare professionals not only of doctors, nurses, and technicians but also of healthcare managers in hospitals and healthcare centres. WHO Estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low and lower middle-income countries. The current pandemic has aggravated this crisis even further.
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With a huge demand for professionals, it is thus no surprise that healthcare in India is one of the fastest growing sectors. Increasing ageing population, lifestyle related diseases, increasing awareness for health and preventive treatments, greater penetration of health insurance and increasing medical tourism contribute to making the healthcare sector as one of the most promising sectors currently. Demand for healthcare professionals is also expected to grow in future as there are ample opportunities for employment in this sector.
To cope with this demand, the number of healthcare-focused programs being offered in India, have shown a steep rise. However, there is a shortfall of quality MBA Programs in Healthcare and Hospital Management. This scenario is going to change soon as Shalby Academy, a Unit of Shalby Ltd. a renowned multi-specialty hospital chain that owns and operates 11 hospitals across India, and Ganpat University have joined hands to offer such a program. This is one of the first of its kind in the – industry-aligned MBA in Healthcare and Hospital Management program. Along with this program, a one-year Certificate Course in Health, Nutrition and Dietetics is also launched. With the expertise of Shalby Ltd. in healthcare domain and the industry-academia linked academic structure as well as academic acumen of Ganpat University, these programmes will provide an ideal opportunity to students to acquire a solid footing in the domains of healthcare management and dietetics along with hands-on training at Shalby Hospitals. The aim of this association is to create a bridge between industry and academia and provide industry-relevant education and training to students so that they become readily employable in this sector.
The employability opportunities for both the courses are promising. After the MBA program students shall get attractive placement opportunities in hospital setups, pharmaceutical industry, state and government healthcare departments, public health agencies etc. Post-certification in the nutrition program they shall have an opportunity to work in health, nutrition, wellness and hospitality industries as dieticians, nutritionists, and trainers.
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The aspirant can enroll in MBA (Healthcare and Hospital Management) at Ganpat University, -Centre for Management Studies and Research, which will be facilitated by Ganpat University Shalby Centre for Healthcare Management and Research.
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Mr. Babu Thomas, Chief Human Resource Officer, Shalby Ltd. says, “Through these courses our aims are to contribute in bridging the gap between demand and supply in healthcare sector which faces a dire shortage of industry-ready healthcare professionals, and empowering youth for exciting employment opportunities in the rapidly growing healthcare field. With our experience and expertise in this sector and academic strengths of Ganpat University, these are among the best industry-aligned healthcare programmes that will benefit students immensely.”
Dr. Mahendra Sharma, Pro-Chancellor and Director General of Ganpat University says, “Ganpat University is widely recognized for its forward-thinking philanthropic mission and its industry-relevant as well employability-enhancing higher education programs. Continuing with GUNI’s commitment, we feel happy to launch an MBA in Healthcare & Hospital Management and a Certificate Program in Health, Nutrition and Dietetics to prepare highly competent and highly employable professionals for these fastest growing sectors in the world. Since the programs shall be offered in association with Shalby Hospitals, it will provide tremendous opportunities and advantages to the students in terms of applied learning and access to technological advancements in the sector and to expert trainers.”
Both programs shall commence from the current academic session i.e., 2021-22.
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