Head of the Division: Dr. P. Manickam Scientist - E
ICMR-NIE has had a long history of training human resources for health. To extend this service to the online platform and reach a wider audience of learners, the institution set-up the Online Courses Division in 2016. In association with the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) at IIT-Madras, the ICMR-NIE offers a number of online courses under the banner - NIeCer (NIE-ICMR e-Certificate) courses.
The Online Courses Division under the leadership of the Director is run by experienced scientists, knowledgeable faculty members, dedicated teaching assistants and other staff members. Their combined efforts have been instrumental in running the courses successfully.
Courses offered under this banner include Health Research Fundamentals, Basic Course in Biomedical Research (a National Medical Commission mandated course), Prescribing Skills Course for Indian Medical Graduates and others. So far, more than one lakh participants have taken our courses and found them extremely useful. Feedback survey from our participants show that, in general, they are very satisfied with these courses and find them enriching and captivating.
ICMR-NIE’s foray into the world of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has been widely successful and the Online Courses Division is planning to introduce more courses in the coming months to pay heed to the wide ranging requests for courses in health research. Courses on Research Ethics, Outbreak Investigation, Epidemiology for Laboratory Personnel, Causal Inference and Sample Size Calculation are currently in the pipeline.