New Delhi: As a milestone initiative to revitalise the traditional healing techniques, the Quality Council of India and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have signed an agreement related to the traditional knowledge system.

According to the agreement, they will train the traditional practitioners (Gram Vaidya) into village doctors and provide them accreditation to facilitate easy and timely treatment in case of bone fractures, skin diseases, snake bite, midwifery and jaundice in far off areas.

Both the organisations have already initiated the task of setting standards for different diseases.

The project is aimed at training the rural doctors in villages which still lag behind in proper health care facilities to provide easy treatment to the villagers who have to rush towards city hospitals in time of an emergency.

QCI Director Dr Anil Jauhri and IGNOU Registrar signed on the agreement to carry the project forward. According to the agreement, the village doctors will be trained in adherence to the set standards and will be provided recognition to join them to the mainstream healthcare.

Also present at the event were QCI Secretary General Dr Giridhar J Gyani and IGNOU Vice Chancellor VNR Pillai.