Post-Graduate Diploma in HIV Medicine (PGDHIVM)

Updated on 18 May, 2018

Post-Graduate Diploma in HIV Medicine (PGDHIVM)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 3 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 60,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar



Demographically the second largest country in the world, India has also the third largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. Available evidence on HIV epidemic in India shows a stable trend at national level. As per the provisional HIV estimate of 2008-09, there are an estimated 22.7 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS in India. The HIV prevalence rate in the country is 0.29 percent (2008-09) and most infections occur through heterosexual route of transmission. However in the north-eastern region, injecting drug use is the major cause for the epidemic spread.


The primary drivers of HIV epidemic in India are unprotected paid sex, unprotected sex between men and injecting drug use. Heterosexual route of transmission accounts for 87 percent of HIV cases detected.


In 1992, the Government launched the first National AIDS Control Programme (NACP-I) with the International Development Association  (IDA) Credit of USD 84 million and demonstrated its commitment to combat the infection. NACP-I was implemented during 1992-1999 with an objective to slow down the spread of HIV infections so as to reduce morbidity, mortality and impact of HIV epidemic in the country. To strengthen the management capacity, a National AIDS Control Board (NACB) was constituted and an autonomous National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) was set up to implement the project.


During the initial years, the major focus of attention was on prevention activities, followed by “care and support” of infected individuals, particularly those suffering from opportunistic infections (OIs). Over the past decade, there has been a tremendous increase in our understanding of molecular biology and the viral structure and pathogenesis of the disease. This knowledge has led to the development of a number of new antiretroviral drugs and treatment protocols. The demonstration of efficacy of these drugs in containing viral replication has changed the world’s outlook on HIV/AIDS from a “virtual death sentence” to a “chronic manageable disease”.


Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) does not cure HIV infection, the decrease in the viral load and the improvement in immunological status brought about by the use of these drugs have resulted in a marked decrease in the mortality and morbidity associated with the disease.


The free ART programme has adopted the public health approach to administration and distribution of ART. This implies a comprehensive prevention, care and treatment programme, with a standardized, simplified combination of ART regimens, a regular secure supply of good-quality ARV drugs, and a robust monitoring and evaluation system. The public health approach for scaling up ART aims to provide care and treatment to as many people as possible, while working towards universal access to care and treatment.


There are two doctors in each ART facility, One doctor in each Community Care Centre and one doctor as In-charge of link ART centre (ICTC) are directly involved in Patient care and are potential candidates for one-year training programme in ‘HIV Medicine’. Currently nearly 8 lakh patients registered for ART and 2, 70,000 eligible patients are on treatment at ART Centres. NACO has nearly 300 ART centre 650 Link ART centres and 250 community care centres which are being scaled up further. About 2000 trained doctors would be needed to man these facilities. The Qualification for SMO at ART centre is MD while for MO it is MBBS. It is planned that MBBS Doctors with PG Diploma in HIV Medicine shall be considered for the post of SMO at ART centre. Hence, there is need of developing a training package in form of PG Diploma in HIV Medicine.


Keeping above inview , IGNOU has developed a one-year PG Diploma Programme in HIV Medicine in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organizition (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. IGNOU will act as an umbrella organization to coordinate the training programme in the country. The PG Diploma in HIV Medicine will help to standardise HIV Medicine training and also help to bridge the gap in trained man power for ART centre.


Programme Objectives


  • Imbibe comprehensive knowledge on basics of   HIV as related to details of management of HIV/AIDS in teritiary care set up;
  • Manage all complications as well as opportunistic infections due to HIV/AIDS at the time of need; and
  • Recognise and handle emergencies related to HIV/AIDS and its complication and take bedside decision for management whenever is required.


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MCMM-001  Basics of HIV Infection  4
 MCMM-002  National AIDS Control Programme  4
 MCMM-003  Systemic Involvement in HIV and STI  4
 MCMM-004  Management of HIV/AIDS  6
 MCMM-005  Basics Practical  8
 MCMM-006  Clinical Practical  10
 This programme will be offered in January session only. Admission Form is available in Common Prospectus of IGNOU. The Common Prospectus is available in IGNOU Regional Centre or Prospectus counter at IGNOU Campus, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. Students are requested to send the application form along with relevant documents to the concern IGNOU Regional Centre along with demand draft of Programme fee.
Number of Students in each Programme Study Centre (PSC)
 The Maximum number of students in each PSC will be not more than 20 students in each batch.
 Selection Procedure
 About 60-70 percent seats will be filled through sponsorship by NACO. For the 1st Year, The selection will be done on the basis of a merit list prepared by Respective Regional Centre as per following guidelines.
·        Preference will be given to those having MD degree. More Weightage could be given to those in Medicine/ Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Paediatrics/PSM/Microbiology.
·        2nd preference to those having a recognised Diploma degree.
·        3rd preference to those having experience in HIV/AIDS.
If there are a large number of applications for the non sponsored seat in any regional centre, a selection committee representing NACO and IGNOU will be created to take further decisions.
The University provides reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, non creamy layer of OBCs as per IGNOU norms.
Programme Implementation
 The programe will be implemented though a network of programme study centre (PSCs) all over the country. These PSCs are located in centre of excellence and other recognized centre by NACO. Demonstration, supervision, hands on skill training is conducted at PSCs by NACO recognized 'Master trainer'.
The list of the six training centres is given below:
Name of the Programme Study Centre
Name of the Regional Centre
Programme Study Centre Code
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
Delhi 2
B J Medical College, Ahmedabad
School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata
28139 P
There will be 28 days hands-on-skill training at PSC in 4 divided spells (6 days + 6 days+ 10 Days + 6 days). Beside this, the non sponsored candidates will be posted to SDC for 30 working days. The students will be provided with self-learning print material in this programme along with programme guide.
 Assignment of this programme is available in the IGNOU website. All students are requested to download the assignments from the IGNOU website. Learners must submit their assignment to their Programme In-charge (PIC) within the date as mentioned in the assignment.
 Course Code
If any student failed in some assignment in particular course then he/she has to repeat assignment from the next batch/year.
For two practical courses, the assignment will be done like internal examination at the end of the 4th spell/contact session.
Term End Examination
Students need to submit the Term End Theory Examination Form in the IGNOU Regional Cetnre after duly signed by PIC. Submission of all assignment is pre-requisite to appear in Term End Theory Examination. Fee for each theory course is Rs. 60/-
 Form for Term End Practical Examination is available in Programme Guide. There is no fee for the Term End Practical Examination. Students need to submit the examination form to the concern PIC. The PIC should ensure that all the candidates appearing in the term end practical examination are eligible for the same after examining the following criteria:
 1. Pass in all the continuous evaluation (all 2 coursers) conducted by the PSC
2. Attended all practical spell/contact sessions in the PSC and 30 working days training in ART centre for non-sponsored candidates
3. Having attendance 100 % in all practical spell/contact sessions.
For further details, please contact the following:
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone Number: +91-11-29572524/29572851


Regional Centres: