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Tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease that has afflicted mankind since antiquity. Unlike the other historically deadly diseases like small pox, leprosy, plague and cholera, TB even today continues to be a major public health problem in much of the developing world. India contributes one-fourth of the global burden of TB and an estimated 4.2 lakh lives are lost every year due to this illness.

The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Government of India offers quality assured diagnosis and treatment free of charge to TB patients. But more than half of all TB patients seek care preferentially from the private sector. Recently there have been major developments in the management of TB, particularly in diagnosis and fresh guidelines and protocols have been framed. The online course for doctors “Manage TB” offered by ICMR-NIRT is an initiative to address this felt need of sensitizing doctors both in public and private sector to the standards of care and the new guidelines and developments in the modern management of TB. The course has been designed keeping in mind the busy schedule of practicing Physician. We believe that this is the first online course of this type in India and we are confident it will enable practicing doctors to keep themselves abreast of current developments and best clinical practices in the management and control of this disease

We have successfully completed two course run in June 2018-April 2019 with more than 3500 participants enrolled. We have had favourable feedback on the course. We are now in advanced planning for the third run of the course starting in July 2019. Due to popular demand we are relaxing the eligibility criteria to undergraduate medical students in addition to those with a medical degree. We hope that this online 8-week "Manage TB" course will benefit doctors treating TB patients and medical students in guiding them to offer care of a higher order to their patients. The participants will be provided with an overview of the extent of the TB burden globally and nationally, its pathogenesis, diagnostic modalities, treatment regimens, prevention strategies and efforts towards TB elimination. National and International guidelines will be elaborated on and new TB drugs, vaccines and diagnostics will be introduced.


We expect that this course to be very useful to Medical Practitioners / Undergraduate Medical MBBS students both in public and private sector in their day to day practice in diagnosing and treating TB patients according to recommended standards.


Those with MBBS degree from recognized University & Undergraduate Medical MBBS students


20 hours in 8 weeks


•  Video lectures
•  Case/panel discussions
•  Demonstration laboratory videos
•  Reading material/MCQs


•   This online course is free.
•   However if the participant wishes to get a certificate he/she has
     to undertake an exam.
•   Final exam (in-person, invigilated,currently conducted in india)
     is mandatory for certification
•   Exam Fee: INR Rs.1100


Message from DG, ICMR






Dr. Mohan Natarajan,
Scientist F & Head,
Department of Clinical Research,

Dr. V V Banurekha,
Scientist D,
Department of Clinical Research,

Dr. M S Jawahar,
Former Scientist G,



Introductory Video

Course Launch Event


Contact Details:
Ms. Thriveni
Administrative Assistant

email: managetbcourse@gmail.com
+91 44 28362431

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