Sanitary Health Inspectors course

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By K.S. SUDHI:  Public health is a matter of prime concern for all municipal bodies in the State. And in the scheme of things, sanitary health inspectors play an important role in protecting public health as well as the environment in a multitude of ways.

Each civic body banks heavily on its health inspectors to deal with public health issues ranging from safety of drinking water to food safety and sanitary conditions.

That is why the Sanitary Inspectors' Diploma course offered by the All-India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) has become a much-sought-after programme.

Career openings

The successful completion of the Sanitary Inspectors' Diploma course can land one a sub-managerial technical position in a wide spectrum of organisations and sectors such as the State Directorate of Health Services, Public Health Department, Conservancy Department of Municipal Corporations, Council/Zilla Parishads, hotels and hospitality industry, entertainment industry, Railways, Oil refineries, Travel and Tourism and Food and Drugs Department.

Other avenues awaiting qualified sanitary inspectors have to do with sewage disposal units, water supply and disinfection units, agricultural and irrigation sectors, sugar factories, metal, chemical, textile and electrical industries, NGOs in health, education, environment and sanitation sectors and pest control agencies.

Career openings are also available for the diploma holders as health workers, multipurpose workers, vaccinators, medical assistants, treatment organisers, field assistants, junior overseers or surveyors.

The diploma holders who have successfully completed the Sanitary Inspectors' Course are already working in various capacities in the health Services, Local Bodies, Railways, Oil Refineries, Hotels and Hospitality Industries, Port Trust, Defense Establishment and Airports, Institute authorities said.

It was in 1959 January that the institute started the programme from Mumbai. Six months later, another centre was opened in Delhi in July. This was followed by the Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bhopal, Kochi, Jodhpur, Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara centres in cooperation with the respective State Governments and city municipal corporations.

In 1962, the Kerala Government recognised the diploma offered by the institute as an essential qualification for the recruitment of Junior Health Inspector Grade II of the Kerala Health Services Department. The institute also trains the students from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

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From good libraries and well-equipped laboratories for training students in elementary bacteriological, clinical, pathological work and analysis of milk and water to museums, the centres of the institute have sufficient facilities to train the students, claimed Institute officials.

Field Training programmes are organised in cooperation with Directorate of Health Services/Public Health Department and Corporations. The exposure the students receive at Urban Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and Sub-centres through field postings enable them to acquire practical skills in Public Health.

Practical demonstrations are also arranged for students at infectious diseases hospitals, TB hospitals, STD clinics, maternity homes, schools, leprosy hospitals, family planning centres, water purification plants, Government dairies, slaughter houses, markets and refuse disposal sites.


Admission to the Sanitary Inspectors' Diploma Course is open to male and female candidates with at least a pass in standard 10.

Graduates from any stream except fine arts, undergraduates from the science stream/12th Std (passed) with science subjects/diploma holders in engineering or any technical course are admitted directly to the one-year course. In-service candidates with 10th standard pass and minimum fiver years' regular and continuous service in civic bodies, and various other agencies are also admitted directly to the one-year course. Though the medium of instruction is English, students are also taught in Hindi in certain other centres.

The application forms can be obtained from the respective centres on payment of a fee of Rs.100.

The classes start in the month of January/February and July every year for the respective courses. The course fee for the programme is Rs.8,500.

Other courses

The institute also offers courses like diploma in local self Government, local Government financing management, certificate/diploma in computer operations, computer programming applications and computer concepts. Post graduate diploma in medical laboratory technology and hospital administration,

Sub Fire Officers course and firemen certificate course are some of the other programmes offered by various centres of the Institute.

More details can be obtained from the respective centres and also from the website -


All India Institute of Local Self –Government offers Sanitary Inspectors' Diploma Course at Visakhapatnam centre. Candidates who completed graduation from any stream and class XII with Science subjects can apply for the course. The duration of course is one year. Candidates who passed class X can also take up the course. The duration of the course for this category is 18 months. For details, log on to

National Industrial Training Centre, New Delhi offers Health Sanitary Inspector course. The eligibility criterion is +2. The admissions are to be based upon merit and sometimes on first come basis. However all the admissions will remain provisional unless a student appear in a common entrance test conducted by Department of Training and Technical Education, Government of NCT of Delhi. For details, log on to

( Courtesy: The Hindu )