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When people talk about healthcare the only profession that come to the mind is Doctors. But Healthcare science is a vast and varied filed. Increasing use of technology in the field of medicine has resulted in large number of specializations. These specializations, related to treatment or more importantly involving new and complex medical procedures and equipment need able trained people.

The role of trained paramedics is of immense importance in the diagnosis and treatment of any disease. In every sphere of medical sciences, paramedical personals are playing the key roles. Keeping these in mind, Assam down town University, has come up to open different degree courses in different fields of paramedical and allied health sciences. The down town group started paramedical training through diplomas in 1997 from the down town hospital. It is seeing the acute shortage and the need for a quality paramedical institute, that the down town College of Allied Health Sciences came up in 2009. The institute is running multifaceted degree courses in allied and paramedical fields along with Higher secondary syllabus & Ph.D curriculum. With the post graduate courses viz. Physiotherapy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Food Nutrition & Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology, Social Work, Critical Care etc. is all set to take a major overall in the health care industry.

The scope for paramedic is immense. According to WHO recommendations, the doctor-population ratio should be 1: 1000. One doctor needs a minimum of 8 support health personnel. This means, India requires more than 12 Lakhs doctors and about 96 Lakhs support staff. We have only 4 Lakhs doctors presently. Strength of support personnel is also way below the requirement. Paramedical experts play a very important role in helping the doctor make an accurate diagnosis for treatment, cure and overall care of patients. Paramedics can include X-ray technologists, medical laboratory technicians, dieticians, emergency care technicians, safety, micro biologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, radiographers and so on. These specialists have ample job opportunities in the government as well as the private sector. They can also go in for research and development work in institutional laboratories or with pharmaceutical companies.

The various job opportunities open to paramedics are as follows:

  1. In various hospitals / medical colleges/ clinics and health departments,
  2. In private hospitals / nursing homes / clinics etc.,
  3. Teaching / research in concerned areas of specialization,
  4. Private practice / self employment.

The down town group is one of the pioneers in the field of paramedical training in the country. It is one of the largest health groups in the country with over 300 beds under its management, in the field of paramedical training since 1992 and has over 100 doctors and 500 paramedic staff working in the group.

The campus is in a greenery & friendly environment for study without noise & pollution. The college is equipped with well furnished classrooms, full fledged laboratories with modern equipments like autoanalyser, colorimeter etc., auditorium and a big library. The campus also has the Shankar madhab hospital which is equipped with medical facilitiesí like X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT Scan and medical laboratory on campus itself for the students. The campus also runs several OPDS daily for practical exposure to the students. The institute of Allied Health Sciences also has facilities for EMG, LASER, NCV, EEG and other therapeutic equipments as per national and international standard in the department of Physiotherapy. The physiotherapy students are trained in the 300 bedded down town hospital with all modern facilities for investigations and treatment. Physiotherapy department also runs regular OPD in its own campus.

Experienced faculty members with brilliant academic carrier are imparting education to the students. Many faculties are Ph. D holders while many others are pursuing the same. Seminars , workshops and field trips for exposure are arranged regularly. Guest lecturers are invited from time to time to take some special sessions. MBA (Hospital Management) students are posted in institutions like AIMS, Medanta the Medicity, Max, Escort- fortis in Delhi, Apollo in Kolkata, Assian Heart Institute in Mumbai and many more.

The paramedical department has been having active placements since 2012. We are proud to say that our students are not only working in the government sector but also some of the best private sectors. With the government and the private sector increasing spending on the healthcare sector the requirement for qualified paramedics will only increase.

Besides taking up a job many paramedics also take up higher studies in their field or in management.


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