Centre for Lifelong Learning

Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer & Centre for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Invite


Date and time: Feb. 1, 2019 1:00PM - Feb. 18, 2019 12:00PM

Venue: Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer, Lalbaug, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012

Certificate Course in Oncological Care Giving 2019

Jointly offered by CLL, TISS, TMH and Sanjeevani...Life Beyond Cancer Mumbai by joint certification.

Location :

TISS Mumbai & Sanjeevani…Life Beyond Cancer at Lalbaug, Mumbai with practical experience in Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai.

Eligibility :

  • Basic knowledge of English
  • Minimum educational qualification: 10th Pass
  • Applications from cancer survivors and relatives of cancer patients will be preferred; however admission is open to all who wish to serve the cause of cancer.
  • Age between 21 and 45
  • Strong commitment to serve

Medium of Instruction :

English, Hindi and Marathi



Course fee is Rs 3,000/- which is non-refundable


Important Dates :

Last date for receiving Applications 16th February 2019
Interviews 18th February 2019
Commencement of the course 25th February 2019


Academic Calendar :

Programme Inauguration & Orientation 25th February 2019
Theory /Classes 26th February to 10th April 2019
Preparatory Leave for Examinations 11th April to 14th April 2019
Examinations 15th April to 20th April 2019
Field Practical 22nd April to 18th June 2019
Field Practical Viva & Evaluation 24th June and 25th June 2019
Convocation 06th July 2019 (Saturday)

Introduction of the Course :

Practitioners identify delivery of affordable and equitable care for Cancer as one of the greatest public health challenges confronting India. However, while there is shared concern over less than commensurate availability of diagnostic and treatment facilities to address an expected burgeoning of Cancer cases, relatively little is said about the social care aspects of living with Cancer.

It is in anticipation of this unarticulated deficit that Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Sanjeevani ... Life Beyond Cancer have introduced a “Certificate Course in Professional Oncological Care Giving”.

The express intent of the Course will be to cultivate a pool of professional Oncology caregivers to function as aides to Cancer patients. The course will commence with a batch of 20 candidates for a period of 4 months. Candidates successfully completing certification will receive references or will be placed via organizations working with Cancer patients.

Positive diagnosis of Cancer challenges the entire sense of well-being of an individual; resulting in psychological vulnerability and alienation. Patients need dedicated supervision to successfully transition and settle into prescribed treatment modules. Designated caregivers need to interpret symptoms of discomfort and successively attend to the same. Wards also require regular counselling and encouragement.

Professional caregivers therefore need to be seasoned handlers; mature and competent enough to engage with patients, figure their needs and navigate them through an elaborate and often-exhausting series of medical interventions.

Accordingly, the Course curriculum is designed to focus amply on empathetic, emotive, nutritional, paramedical, physio-therapeutic as well as spiritual aspects of Oncological care. Pedagogy will combine regular and experimental classroom teaching with immersive field training.

Finally, it is necessary to acknowledge that the burden of Cancer manifests as high economic costs to affected households. Enfeeblement, loss of confidence, loss of livelihood and socio-economic abandonment are common outcomes for an affected individual.

Course Objectives :

To prepare a pool of certified trainees as 'Cancer Buddies' for Cancer patients for the provision of regular care and support in hospitals and residential spaces through :

  • Developing a pool of oncology care givers
  • To enable underprivileged cancer survivors to provide emotional support and nutritional care as trained care givers, and
  • To dispel myths & misconceptions about the disease and create an awareness in the society at large about the psycho-social aspects of treating and surviving cancer

Learner Objectives :

  • Obtain exposure to the heterogeneous nature of patients
  • Interact with and learn from experienced care professionals
  • Engage in direct care delivery to Cancer patients and interact with their family

Modules :

  Course Title Credits
BC 1 Becoming an Effective Care Giver 2
BC 2 Recovering Lost Ground: Roles of a Cancer Care Giver 2
BC 3 Living with Cancer: Building Inner Fight and Fortitude in the Patient 2
BC 4 Development of Auxiliary Skills 2
  On-the-Job Training (OJT) 8
  Total 16


Number of Participants :

The maximum intake of participants will be 20.


Applications will be screened basis following selection preferences :

  • Std. X
  • Above 18 years.
  • Encouragement is given to survivors of cancer and their family members. However all candidates who are interested will be considered. Further all candidates will be interviewed for admission.
  • As the course is intensive with practical work a medical fitness certificate may be asked for.

Incentives :

  • Placement guidance and help
  • Scholarships to the 3 best performing participants

Last Date for receiving applications :

The last date for receiving applications is 16th February 2019 by post, mail or walk in.


Application Form of Certificate Course in Oncological Care Giving 


Applications if sent by mail should be sent on the following address:

Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer

401, Narayan Udyog Bhavan,

Dinshaw Petit Road

Lalbaug, Parel,

Mumbai – 400 012

For further enquiries please contact on:

Mo: +91 9869687075


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