eHEALTH BureauAccenture and the Institute of Clinical Research in India (ICRI) had announced jointly to develop a Pharmacovigilance and clinical research programme customised to meet the growing industry requirements of the thriving sector. Titled as ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance,’ the programme curriculum will span over a period of 6 to 12 months or an aggregate of 360 hours. The content of the course covers four essential modules: Basics of Clinical research, Pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance and Regulations; Case Processing; Aggregate Report; Risk Management in Pharmacovigilance & Signal Detection. “India is emerging as a hub for clinical research and the demand for professionals in this field is growing rapidly. Accenture aspires to meet this massive demand for clinical research professionals by coming together with ICRI to develop professionals that are valuable and employable in the industry. We want to make this an interesting career option. As an added incentive, we foresee this field to have a massive growth potential” said Manish Sharma Lead, Service Delivery Operations, APAC, BPO Growth Platform, Accenture. He further added, “We are proud to be associated with a prestigious institute like ICRI to nurture and develop some of the brightest talent in the country”Dr S.K. Gupta, Dean and Director General of ICRI said, “This kind of initiative is imperative in a nascent yet thriving industry such as ours. With Accenture’s subject matter expertise and our faculty’s dedication, we seek to provide a knowledgeable and high-skilled talent pool graduating from this programme.” Rajiv Verma, Chief Operating Officer, ICRI added, “The programme, will be initially available in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The course aims to equip students with practical industry knowledge and placement opportunities to students graduating from the program.” Accenture will lend its expertise in terms of training the trainer, curriculum content development, curriculum execution and delivery through periodical guest lectures, periodic certification and re-assessment of trainers based on predefined standards to ensure consistent quality of training and up gradation of course content as per industry requirements. The Accenture-ICRI diploma programme is targeted towards post graduate students from Tier I to Tier IV cities. The minimum eligibility criterion for an applicant is Graduate/Post Graduate in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy & Life sciences. Applicants will need to have passed the Accenture-ICRI certificate course in PG Diploma in Clinical Research & Pharmacovigilance. Depending on the performance, Accenture will screen applicants through campus interviews for employment at Accenture. A certification will be issued by ICRI in association with Accenture to the candidates who have successfully completed the programme.