The online Inauguration of the first batch of Executive Diploma in Health Care Management (EDHCM) was held on 8th January, 2021 at 2.00 pm with more than 200 attendees. In the inaugural address, Fr. Director Joe Arun SJ said “This day is an important day in the history of LIBA, simply because we are shifting ourselves to an industry that has been long forgotten although it was very essential- Healthcare”. He congratulated and thanked Dr. M.J. Xavier and Dr. Rajalakshmi, Coordinator, Healthcare Vertical who are spearheading the Healthcare vertical and said the one-year course will gradually grow on to become fulltime PGDM in healthcare management. There was a brief Introduction of the LIBA officials, faculty of EDHCM- Dr. ISF Irudayaraj, Mr.Anantapadmanabhan, Mr.Sriram and first batch EDHCM students.
Dr. Rajalakshmi, set the context for the topic of discussion- “COVID19: The Real and the Unreal”- by highlighting the length, stringency and size of the Indian lockdown due to the pandemic. She introduced Prof. Julian Jamison of University of Exeter Business School, UK who has taught in most of the Ivy league institutions. Dr. Jamison’s presentation provided evidence to the real impact of the lockdown on economy, mental health and the need for self-imposed regulation of behaviour. Questions were raised from LIBA faculty and students on impact on jobs, status of vaccines, et. Mr.Joshua Mathew, first year PGDM student gave a vote of thanks.
The Executive Diploma in Healthcare Management offered by LIBA, is based on the two-year PGDM curriculum in Healthcare Management. The highlight in this particular program is the capstone project that will run throughout the year and clearly linked to placement opportunities in corporate hospitals.