The IGNOU and Health ministry on Monday entered into an agreement to train 14 lakh youth in the healthcare sector over a period of 4 years in order to meet the increasing demand for skilled and trained professionals. In a tweet by the health minister JP Nadda, he said “ we aim to train over 14 lakh professionals. Health Ministry already has a very strong collaboration with the ministry skill development through a MoU which was signed in 2015 and had launched ‘skills for life’, ‘save a life’ initiative in 2017”. As a part of this initiative, 10 short-term training programmes have been introduced in the health sector across 12 states 2,700 first responders have been trained. 35 state government training institutes and more than 200 master trainers dedicated to run such courses. The agreement signed for training the country’s youth in healthcare will be a big boost for Ayushman Bharat which is the flagship health programme of Modi Government that aims to set up 1,50,000 health and wellness spread across the country. Dharmendra Pradhan – Skill development and entrepreneurship minister said that “skill development in India is moving at great speed and scale and this has only been possible with the support of our partner ministries”. Under skill India, the courses will ensure that the programmes will have a defined curriculum which will give highest quality benefit to candidates training in them.