IGNOU Launches Post Graduate Certificate Course in Acupuncture ( PGCACP) from July,2018


IGNOU’s School of Health Sciences has launched PG Certificate Programme in Acupuncture (PGCACP) from July, 2018 session. It shall help graduates of different systems of medicine to learn a new modality of therapy and utilize it for patient’s benefit in treating acute and chronic diseases. The popularity of Acupuncture as a mode of therapy is growing day by day and more qualified therapists are required to meet the goal, Health for All.  

This programme will be offered in an offline ODL mode with a soft as well as a hard copy in the print format.

Eligibility Criteria:-The programme is available to the Medical graduates of Allopathy, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha ,Homeopathy, Dentistry and Physiotherapy, as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Programme Fee:-Rs. 30,000/-

Programme Duration:-The programme can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 3 years.

Application forms are available on IGNOU website.  The new academic session starts from July, 2018 and the last date of applying is 16th August, 2018. The next academic session entries start in Jaunary, 2019.

The Programme will be offered at selected study centres all over India.  Learner will have to choose one of them and mention it in the admission form. 

The 9 study centres are located in following cities:-

1. Delhi

4. Hubli ( Karnataka)

7. Nasik ( Maharashtra)

2. Indore ( Madhya Pradesh)

5. Kota ( Rajasthan)

8. Chennai ( Tamil Nadu)

3. Rourkela ( Orissa)

6. Ludhiana ( Punjab)

9. Kolkata ( West Bengal)


Acupuncture is a traditional method of therapy which is very well recognized world over and well accepted by the people as it does not have any side effects. Acupuncture is derived from Latin words ‘acus’ and ‘puncture’, where acus means’ needle and puncture means’ to penetrate. Acupuncture’s effectiveness depends on its ability to improve the flow of qi (the life-force, vitality, or energy that keeps us alive) in the body.  It is generally effective as a single mode of treatment.  However, in some diseases, it is used as a supplementary therapy.  This method has been found to be useful in all types of diseases specially the chronic diseases.  Moreover the cost of the treatment is less as compared to the other systems of medicine.