Port Blair, July 7: In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic situation, Indira Gandhi National Open University offers Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Management of CBRNE Disasters (PGCMDM) course among practicing Doctors. The term CBRNE stands for ‘Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive’. Disasters related to such agents can occur accidently.

However, when used intentionally, they become agents of mass destruction.  CBRNE disasters are ill-understood; diagnosis is difficult and very little management tools exist to manage these disasters, including medical management. Medical management of CBRNE disasters require specific knowledge and skill set that is not covered in the undergraduate curriculum. In light of the above facts, Indira Gandhi National Open University in collaboration with Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and active support from Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) have developed a 6 months PG Certificate programme in Medical Management of CBRNE disasters through open and distance learning, for MBBS doctors. Interested applicants/ doctors may visit www.ignou.ac.in and contact Prof. Ruchika Kuba Programme Coordinator, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi New Delhi 110068 at Ph. 011-29572813 (or) email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..