Covid Crash Course



The Covid-19 pandemic has brought in multiple challenges with serious implications on lives and livelihood, businesses and economy across the country. Considering the expanse of Covid’s second wave and rise in cases in new variant of Covid, it has led to immediate requirement of skilled workforce in the Healthcare sector to continue providing essential care and services to patients. In order to address this gap, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by Pradhanamanthri Koushalya Vikasa Yojana 3.0 supported by Healthcare Sector Skill Council, have designed 6 courses as part of the COVID response program which will further help in augmenting the availability of skilled allied healthcare professionals in the country 

This collaboration between SIHFW and NSDC will address the objectives of meeting the demand of skilled healthcare professionals to reduce the burden of existing healthcare professionals in order to provide timely healthcare services in each & every corner of the State. Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka is the first of its kind in India to take up this initiative to train/create the covid warriors into the existing system 

Covid crash courses are as follows 

The training consists of around 21 days of theory sessions at the 19 District Training Centers, 4 Regional, Health and Family Welfare Training Centers and 1 Taluk Health Office. This theory training is followed by a 3 months of On Job Training (OJT) at the respective Medical college hospital, District Hospitals, Taluk hospital, Community Health Centers & PHCs. 


This training is provided at free of cost for the eligible 10th/12th/ ITI qualified candidates. A Sanction letter was issued to SIHFW through the Karnataka Skill Development Corporation indicating the targets for 24 TCs. The candidates who qualify this exam shall be provided with a nationally recognized skill certificate. 

Human Resources: 

The training is conducted by utilizing the existing healthcare staff in the District hospitals/ Taluka/ CHC/PHCs. Around 99 qualified TOTs working across Karnataka within the Health Department were selected, trained & assessed by competent agency namely Healthcare Sector Skill Council and were issued nationally recognized certificate to conduct trainings. 

Capacity Building Strategies: 

As per the NSDC norms the SIHFW was identified as Training Provider (TP) in which all the training centers (TCs) under Government were registered & accredited by NSDC, Centre for accreditation & Affiliation formats (CAAF) were submitted by each TC for individual job roles upon satisfying the standard criteria laid down by NSDC and a letter of registration & a letter of recommendation was issued to all 24 Training centers from NSDC fulfilling the criteria and a nationally recognized certificate satisfying the standards for TC were issued towards commencement of Training 

Evidence of Effectiveness: 

The Programme was launched across India by Honb’le Prime Minister on 18th June 2021 which was followed by inauguration of workshop by Honbl’e Health Minister in Karnataka on 28th Sep 2021. The candidates were mobilized with the help of District Skill Development Officers and respective District Principals with the support of District Commissioner across Karnataka. The training programme was started across Karnataka in registered & accredited Government Training Centre (TCs) in various job roles. The total number of enrolled candidates for Covid training in portal under Government is 988 candidates for 6 job roles  The pass percentage is between 89 to 100% depending on the various job roles across Karnataka 

Partners involved in implementation: 

1. Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship MSDE 

2. National Skill Development Council 

3. Health Care Sector Skill Council (HSSC) 

4. Health & Family Welfare Services( HFWS), Karnataka 

5. Karnataka Skill Development Corporation, (KSDC) 

6. All District Training Centres (DTCs) & Regional Health & Family Welfare Training Centres (RHFWTCs) across Karnataka 

7. All Government Hospitals- District/ Medical College, Hospitals/ Taluka Hospitals/ Community Health Centres/ PHCs. 

8. Accreditation Body 

a. National Skill Development Council, New Delhi