Monday, 4 December 2017

Enhancing Quality of Higher Education: Issues and Opportunities

- India is the 3rd largest in terms of higher education
- India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA

Dr. Sunil Kumar Provost, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Jaipur, 19 November: Inability to communicate with others in a proficient manner makes it difficult to comprehend the skills of the said individual and create a cohesive learning environment. This was informed by Provost, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Dr. Sunil Kumar. He was speaking at the round table discussion on ‘Enhancing Quality of Higher Education: Issues and Opportunities at Hotel Marriott today.

He further added that it is important to measure a student’s capability to learn rather than what they have already learnt. There is a special requirement to realize that learning is a continuous process which over time results in holistic development. It is important to inculcate an aspiration for excellence among the students. They should be able to work with others not just academically but also be able to empathize emotionally.

Chairman, Ajit Foundation, Jaipur, Dr. V.S. Vyas highlighted the 4 factors that determine the quality of education – students, teachers, leaders and regulators. If the teachers challenge the students, then there is positive scope for increasing their capacity of learning. Teachers should also be presented with ample growth opportunities and be recognized and encouraged by their peers.

Chairman IIHMR University, Dr S.D. Gupta said that India is the 3rd largest in terms of higher education with huge infrastructure and network. India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA. Fresh graduates can hurt their chances of employability with inadequate proficiency in written and verbal English communication skills.
Earlier the welcome address was extended by Pro-President, IIHMR University, Dr. P.R. Sodani.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

IIHMR University invites applications for PMA/Agile Project


IIHMR University is a leading knowledge institution of the country engaged in teaching, research and training in the domains of public health, health and hospital administration, pharmaceutical management and rural development. Over the past thirty years, IIHMR has carved a niche for itself among management institutions, both in India and abroad. The institute is the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for strengthening Health Systems based on Primary Care, and is termed as an ‘Institute of Excellence’ by the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. IIHMR has already conducted more than 500 research projects and studies on the health, social and developmental systems and policies in India and wider South-East Asian Region. Now stepping in the fourth decade, we strive to generate knowledge to help develop effective health, social and public systems and socially relevant health technologies. For more information, please click on this link

IIHMR University invites applications for PMA/Agile project:

About the project
The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health is implementing the project entitled PMA Agile in India. The current period of collaboration is July 1, 2017 to June 30,2019. PMA Agile is a grant that has been developed to capitalize on PMA2020 to build a monitoring and evaluation platform for large-scale projects that will enable near-continuous tracking of performance and progress toward their intended results.  These projects represent “Clients” of PMA Agile.  PMA Agile will build the capacity for and promote the use of programmatically-relevant monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data at national and subnational levels by local governments, research institutions and implementing partners to support evidence-based decision making. The PMA Agile approach will, track change at the health system level, through quarterly (moving to monthly) public and private health facility audits (called Agile surveys) and periodically through collection of data from households/females on exposure to project interventions (e.g., brand awareness, participation in special outreach activities, media exposure).

1.     PROGRAM MANAGER (No. of positions - 01)
Location: Jaipur
Remuneration: 65,000/- to 75,000/- pm
Responsibilities: Program Manager will be directly working under the supervision of Principle Investigator (PI) and would be responsible for the following:
o    Coordinating the project activities;
o    Working with State/District/City level authorities in public and private sector to collect required data/information in the project;
o    training of qualified enumerators to carry out the mobile phone survey; 
o    assist in the adaptation of the survey instruments and manuals;
o    monitoring the work of field teams working the project states;
o    provide supportive supervision for the data collection and data analysis form the study states, and also ensure the smooth implementation of the project activities;
o    support project dashboard construction and maintenance;
o    collaborate with and supervise central office staff
o    provide training and support to the “Client Organizations” M&E team/function in  coordinate; and (j) assist Gate Institute of Johns Hopkins researchers to process, analyze, report and disseminate the survey findings.
Eligibility Criteria:
o    MPH / MBA / PGDM
o    At least 5 yrs. of relevant experience in managing large scale health projects which includes planning, implementation, monitoring, coordinating with stakeholders, team management.
o    The candidate shall have sound knowledge and experience in data management and analysis in large scale surveys.

2.     DATA MANAGER (No. of positions - 02)
Location: Jaipur
Remuneration: 55,000/- to 65,000/- pm
Responsibilities: Date Manager will be working with Principle Investigator and Program Manager and will be responsible for the following:
o    coordinate and ensure the quality of the sampling and mapping activities;
o    perform validation and quality assurance checks on data;
o    provide standardized feedback specific to each State Coordinator and/or Supervisor and to Central Project Team;
o    monitor submission of data to the PMA Agile server on a daily basis;
o    use statistical analysis software to run automated routines the generate progress reports on individual field staff;
o    generate preliminary tables as part of the data quality assurance;
o    communicate regularly with the data management team in the U.S. and resolve outstanding issues.
Eligibility Criteria:
o    MBA/ PGDM/ PG in Statistics/ Demography/Social Science
o    At least 3 years expertise data management of large scale survey and using statistical software.
o    Experience in Stata statistical software is desirable, web based data management preferred. 

3.     STATE COORDINATOR (No. of positions - 02)
Location: Project State/City (UP/MP/Odisha)
Remuneration: 40,000/- to 45,000/- pm
Responsibilities: The State Coordinator will be responsible to assist the PI and Program Manager in the following:
o    conducting trainings of qualified enumerators to carry out the mobile phone survey and will oversee and coordinate the work of the supervisors and enumerators;
o    monitoring and supervising data collection;
o    managing project operations in the State.

Eligibility Criteria:
o    MBA/ PGDM/ PG in Social Science
o    At least two years of experience in coordinating household surveys, facility surveys, client exit interviews and data management.

Interested candidates may send in their applications along with their detailed CVs addressed to the               Asst. Registrar-HR, IIHMR University, 1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Near Sanganer Airport-Terminal 1, Jaipur – 302 029.  Applications may be submitted by email with a subject mentioning   <Job name applied for> at   by October 31, 2017.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Winner of Family Planning Champion 2017

Garima Mathias - 2017 Winner
Position: Project Manager
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: New Delhi
MBA in Health Management from Indian Institute of Health Management Research
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Attended Management Development Programme on:
Managing Gender Issues In Health Care at IIHMR Jaipur
Data Analysis and Interpretations for Monitoring at IIM Ahmedabad.

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
Starting with my first job as a NRHM District Program Manager in Gujarat, my decade long work has focused mainly on family planning. It provided me an opportunity to learn, implement & monitor various RCH programs. Regular engagement with various cadres of health care providers helped me gain deep insight about the public health sector. Presently, I am working on a comprehensive contraceptive project serving vulnerable rural women in over 450 public health facilities. In this project, I developed mechanism for post training support to help HSPs provide consistent services to the rural women coming to public facilities. I was also a part of the national level team that conceptualized and implemented an IUCD service reporting and monitoring software which has been approved by NHM, GoI.

What sparked your passion for family planning?
While pursuing my PG in health management I realized that FP services, if provided timely & accepted willingly, can significantly reduce maternal & child mortality & morbidity. As a DPM in Gujarat my regular interaction with service providers, CHWs & rural women helped me understand their expectation from health system. The realization that there is a huge unmet need for family planning services and information related to the same spurred me in channelizing my efforts towards providing quality FP services.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:
I took lead to strengthen team’s capacity for implementing the onsite contraception training, a relatively new concept in public sector. The aim is to make services accessible to the rural women and men by training providers at their sites so that there is minimal disruption of regular services.
I was a member of the design team for conceptualizing a client follow-up mechanism for following-up IUCD clients. Formats developed for this have been adopted by MP Health department for use by ANMs.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :
I shall use the forum and the grant to develop innovative strategies and tools for engaging the young people in selected rural areas. Focus will be on creating SRHR awareness among youth using a combination of conventional and technology based tools in local language that are easy to understand and use. The aim would be to develop them as community leaders and educators.

Friday, 1 September 2017

PMA 2020 WASH, Family Planning and Menstrual Hygiene Key Indicators and Finding for Rajasthan

PMA2020 uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project is implemented by local university and research organizations in 11 countries, deploying a cadre of female resident enumerators trained in mobile-assisted data collection. PMA2020/India is implemented by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in Jaipur, with endorsement and technical support provided by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Overall direction and support is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PMA 2020 Brief findings of Key indicators of WASH 

PMA2020  key indicators for family planning.

Globally, many women and girls face challenges when managing their menstruation. Failure to address the menstrual hygiene needs of women and girls can have far-reaching consequences for basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health, ultimately affecting progress towards the SDG goal of gender equality.
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) refers to the practice of using clean materials to absorb menstrual blood that can be changed privately, safely, hygienically, and as often as needed for the duration of the menstrual cycle. PMA2020 is the first survey platform to provide data on MHM indicators on a large scale. The data presented here are from a statewide survey in Rajasthan of 5,084 females aged 15 to 49, conducted by PMA2020 India.

PMA 2020 Menstrual Hygiene Management
 The PMA2017/Rajasthan Round 2 survey used a two-stage cluster design. A sample of 147 enumeration areas (EAs) was drawn by the International Institute for Population Sciences from a master sampling frame. In each EA households and private health facilities were listed and mapped, with 35 households randomly selected. Households were surveyed and occupants enumerated. All eligible females age 15 to 49 were contacted and consented for interviews. The final completed sample included 4,994 households (98.3% response rate), 6,041 females (98.3% response rate) and 602 health facilities (96.8% response rate). Private service delivery points (SDPs) in contiguous geographic areas to the EA were included in Round 2 to increase the sample size of private SDPs. Weights were generated to account for oversampling. All estimates are weighted. Data collection was conducted between February and April 2017.


Human Resource for Health (HRH) is the core of Health Systems. Without health workers, there is no health care. Global efforts to achieve the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals were thwarted in many countries primarily because of scarcity, inequitable distribution, gaps in capacity, performance and motivation of health staff. The ambitious targets of Sustainable Development Goals will only be realizable if the weak link of human resource for health is strengthened holistically in a planned manner, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.

Evidence abounds that investments in health workforce yields one of the best returns on investment not only in financial terms but also in terms of lives saved, quality of life and health. In a broader perspective, the returns permeate synergies with education, creating career opportunities, facilitating decent employment in the formal sector, and fueling economic growth.

Management Development Programme

 The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), a multi-sectoral partnership hosted by WHO, is incessantly working since early 2014 to collate, debate, analyze and synthesize evidence through a wide range of organizations, institutions and individuals contributing to the collation, in support of global strategy of HRH.

When policy makers and planners are conceptualizing the strategy, the time is most opportune for the HR Managers at strategic levels to get together and ponder upon the new advances on the subject and strengthen the conceptual understanding of emergent issues in Human Resource for Health.
IIHMR University, dedicated to improvement in standards of health through better management of healthcare and related programmes, is pleased to offer a comprehensive programme on Emerging Issues in Human Resource for Health that will not only attempt to expose the participants to healthcare workforce management issues, but also help them consolidate competencies and skills to manage their roles effectively and efficiently after issues.

At the end of the programme the participants will be able to:
1. Envision the emergent new roles and functions of managers specially in the context of Healthcare
2. Identify their management and leadership styles in the dynamic Health scape
3. Use data based HR insights for decision making
4. Deploy basic statistical tools for inferring HR data
5. Demonstrate competencies of a good Human Resource Manager

The programme will deliver the objectives through following proposed contents:
• Expectations of Management from HR as Strategic Business Partners
• Technical/ Functional Competencies for HR
• Managerial Competencies for HR
• Human Competencies for HR
• Data driven decision making /data driven competitive advantages in HR
• HR Analytics: Analyzing Human Resource Data
• Evidence based Decision Making in HR
• New Strides in Human Resource Management: Lessons for Healthcare

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This programme is especially designed for senior and corporate grade HR Managers who are either partners in strategic vision or are in the fast track of becoming one.

Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor (HRM), IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor (Management), IIHMR University

Dr S D Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University
Dr P R Sodani, Professor & Dean Training, IIHMR University
Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor, IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor, IIHMR University

The programme will be of 5 days duration. It will start at 10:00 am on Monday, October 30th, 2017 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. The programme is scheduled to be held at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India.

A certificate of participation on completion of the programme will be issued by IIHMR University, Jaipur.

• Indian National: INR 35,000 per Participant Plus Service Tax
• Foreign National: USD 780 per participants plus Service Tax

The fees cover tuition fee, training material, stay in air-conditioning room (twin-sharing basis), breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee during the program and pick-up and drop from Jaipur airport/railway station/bus stand. Welcome dinner and short trip to historical and cultural importance places in Jaipur would be offered by the university in honor of the participants. Participants would be encouraged to use library facilities. Round the clock internet facility (wi-Fi) is available for the participants.

Early Bird Discount: Nomination received with payments before 4-weeks will be entitled to an early bird discount of 10%.

Group Discount: Any Organization sponsoring four or more participants to the programme will be entitled to a discount of 20% on total fee payable provided that at least four participants attend the programme.

Maximum Discount: Organization can avail of both the discounts subject to a maximum discount of 20%. The programme fee could be deposited online or through DD in favor of “IIHMR University”, payable at Jaipur.

The filled registration from along with the Demand Draft/Online Payment in favour of IIHMR University payable at Jaipur should reach to the Programme Officer (Training) latest by 15 October 2017.

Program Officer
The IIHMR University
1, PrabhuDayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur - 302 029, INDIA
Phone: 0141-3924700 (30 Lines), Fax: 0141-3924738

The IIHMR Advantage
IIHMR is dedicated to improving health standards across India through better management of healthcare and related programs. We aim to achieve this by providing management education, training,research and consultation, and driving institutional work from a national and global perspective. We have been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for District Health System based on Primary Health Care. We have also been identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, India as an “Institute of Excellence” for training and capacity building.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was founded by and named after King Sawai Jai singh II in 1727. It is the first planned city of India. It is located in the North-western part of India. Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in India and a major tourist attraction. It is also called the Pink city of India, as most of the buildings walls; historical and others, are built with pink stones. Jaipur is very popular for its Forts, Palaces, parks and museums. All the historical structures depict the taste of Rajput style of architecture. Jaipur is also a shopper's paradise. It is also home for many local artists. Visiting Jaipur is a mesmerizing experience for every visitor. Temperature in Jaipur in the month of November is around 33°C, 91°F (daily high) and 23°C, 73°F (daily low)


Friday, 14 July 2017

Many Healthcare Industry experts believe that "Bangalore is strategically a DESTINATION for Healthcare Management Education

Many Healthcare Industry experts believe that "Bangalore is strategically a DESTINATION for Healthcare Management Education due to the fact that India's biggest chain of Super - Specialty, Multi - Speciality and biggest chain of hospitals are headquartered in Bangalore. As you all know Bangalore is known as Silicon Valley of India (IT Hub); a lot of innovations in the healthcare system is coming from Bangalore. Healthcare IT is the NEXT BIG THING IN HEALTHCARE. Majority of Healthcare IT companies are based out of Bangalore and South India.
Admission Open for the session 2017-19 | Apply ASAP|

Monday, 29 May 2017

School of Rural Management Alumni Manish Kalwaniya sharing his experience at IIHMR University

Convocation 2017

In everyone life there is a turning point where everything becomes change; it could be either positive or negative and same thing happened with me. This journey started on the day when I came in IIHMR first day and meet DrGoutam Sadhu, Dr Susmit Jain. I am ever grateful to both of them because they guided me to choose the right path. 

When I decided to carry out my post-graduation from IIHMR University I faced some problems but because of support of my batch mates and faculties, I try to overcome all the problems and go ahead for next step. I enjoyed every movement of this two-year journey with IIHMR and with my colleague, then if I say about field visits, classroom assignments, presentation, exams and Mather sir assignment, Tanjul mam internal examinations as well. All the things gave me a lot of practical knowledge, understanding about peoples and changed my way of thinking. I will always thankful to all faculties, my family and friends who assisted me in taking the decision about my future and their guidance and direction helped me in achieving my goal and because of their efforts and guidance, today I’m happily working with National Health System Resource Center, New Delhi. Today I’m so happy because I successfully completed my post-graduation in Rural Management from IIHMR University; and getting my degree, it’s a proud moment for me as well for my family to see myself at this position. I am grateful to IIHMR and its Faculty to building a platform which does not only enhance my skills as well made me more equipped to handle all kind of situations. I am so glad that I chose this path, even though it changed quite a bit from when I started college. Along with my college journey, I have learned so much about myself in many ways that I can't describe. But today I’m also feeling alone because from today I will not be part of IIHMR. Now I have to carry out my journey alone. But good thing is that IIHMR made me more skilled and ready to take the challenge and how to handle same and hope I will always get the support of all the faculties and friends in my life. 

 To end I would like to thank my parents as wall Dr Goutam Sadhu or Ms. Ratna Verma who always believe on me and support me on each and every step, I will always look forward to your support and guidance. I request all my friends please always be in touch with everyone.

Written by Manish Kalwaniya
Alumni School of Rural Management - IIHMR University

Thursday, 25 May 2017



JAIPUR, May 2017— The Rural Development sector today faces complex challenges of growth, equity, climate change, and social & economic security of the poor and vulnerable communities. This context has impressed upon the RD programmes of government and non-government organizations a growing need for intervention strategies that are reflective, robustly designed, and implemented through an innovative and adaptive approach.  It is therefore clear that there is a dire necessity to build capacities in the cadre of rural professionals. To action on the requirement of rural professionals, IIHMR University Jaipur and BRLF joined hands in November 2016 last year to build capacities of 30 students from 6 states of Central Indian Tribal belt. 29 of these students successfully completed their training of their Rural Livelihood Programme and were jointly conferred with certificates by IIHMR University and Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation. 

Dr. Vivek Bhandari, President, IIHMR University Jaipur said, “It is clear that there is an urgent need to address this capacity building challenge by preparing a cadre of rural professionals who are capable of engaging in the rural development sector specially at the sub-district levels; be it through NGOs, government institutions or as elected representatives of the PRIs and/or cluster level federation leaders.  To support this, IIHMR University and Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) jointly announced the launch of the first batch of the Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods in November 2016 last year. The programme aimed at combining appropriate knowledge and skill components through a unique yet inclusive capacity building initiative. About 30 students were admitted to the certificate programme which included 8 from Orissa, 8 from Rajasthan, 5 from Maharashtra, 4 from Madhya Pradesh, 1 from Chhattisgarh and 4 from Jharkhand. “

Dr. SD Gupta, Chairperson, IIHMR University said, “About 70-75% population till date lives in Rural area and out of the 133-crore population over 17-18 crore people belong to the tribal belt. The Rural Livelihood programme of BRLF with IIHMR University aimed at training candidates to master the ability to empower oneself by self-teaching, training and learning by doing. IIHMR University is India’s foremost university committed to the health and well-being of people everywhere.  BRLF is an autonomous body set up by Ministry of Rural Development Government of India with an objective to facilitate civil society action for transforming lives and livelihoods in the central tribal adivasi belt in the country initially.  This Certificate Programme is the first among many initiatives of the collaboration between IIHMR University and the BRLF.”

Mr. Pramathesh Ambasta CEO Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation said, “The partnership of BRLF and IIHRM University has greatly enhanced capacities of these candidates who will ultimately bring in a paradigm shift in the rural development sector. Students of this programme have been exposed to tremendous practical knowledge and have received the best of theoretical knowledge. This exposure has proven livelihoods interventions from some of the most challenging parts of India. Pedagogically, the modules explored the embodiment of the concept of learning by doing. We sincerely thank IIHMR University and 15 knowledge partners under the CB initiative for making the certificate programme possible.  We also intend to allow at least 5 students from this programme to further pursue MBA Rural Management at the IIHMR University Jaipur.”

One of the key mandates of BRLF’s capacity building initiative was to create a pool of rural development professionals for supporting various development interventions of Government, CSOs and community at large. This initiative will be part of a series of capacity building programmes under the BRLF Capacity Building Initiative, designed and implemented as per the needs of target groups and of different institutions currently working in the sector (Government and CSOs). As we complete the first batch successfully, we intend to move on to the next batch as the course has been a game changer in the rural livelihoods sector. The design and delivery of the course has provided a unique opportunity to the tribal youth to learn various livelihoods domains and address the issue of growing shortage of trained human resources in the sector.
The programme was concluded by Dr. Ajay Dandekar ( Professor Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi), “The certificate programme had 16 different learning modules in rural livelihoods domain. Participants of the programme learnt these modules across 12 learning locations in 6 states of Central Indian tribal belt. These rural professionals have potentially engaged at block levels as drivers of positive change within Civil Society Organizations and Government Institutions facilitating effective implementation of social and economic security programmes/projects for tribal rural India.” He further said, “One should not leave their land for one’s own social needs. Its best we create them.”

The program’s most important motive was to focus on the development of capacities of tribal youth from 6 states of the Central Indian Tribal belt. BRLF and IIHMR University have brought together 15 leading organizations in the rural livelihoods sector to facilitate a multi-centre, multi-topic curriculum that cover different dimensions of rural livelihoods. For the first batch, 30 candidates were selected from states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. These candidates belong to Scheduled Tribes, De-Notified Tribes/Notified Tribes, and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups/communities from across BRLF mandated geographies. The programme featured a rounded curriculum that explicitly recognizes the value of people’s knowledge and is enabled with cutting edge practice support tools.