Child Development Centre offers various courses in the arena of Clinical Child Development, Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, and other fields related to child health and research which are designed to generate a cadre of qualified professionals. The Centre has a major programme for human resource development, which includes training activities as well as educational programmes at post graduate level.

Brochure Courses and Training


Regular Programme


PG Diploma in Clinical Child Development (PGDCCD)

The Centre offers a regular course started by the Director of Medical Education, Government of Kerala. This Diploma in Clinical Child Development is the first course of its kind in India designed to create qualified community level trainers in clinical child development for prevention of childhood disability. These persons can effectively deal with all areas of Early Child Care & Education including Newborn follow-up, Early Detection of developmental delay and early stimulation therapy. Graduation with Science subject is the prescribed qualification for the course.
Duration of the course will be two years. The training is conducted at Child Development Centre, Medical College Campus, Thiruvananthapuram. During the report year 12 students were admitted to this regular programme.

IAP Fellowship programme in Development and Behavioural Pediatrics
The Centre offers a regular course started in association with Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Mumbai. Duration of the course will be one year. The training is conducted at Child Development Centre, Medical College Campus, Thiruvananthapuram. Two students are admitted every year for this programme.


Continuing Education programmes


The Centre also offers post graduate diploma as continuing education programs of University of Kerala in Developmental Neurology, Adolescent Pediatrics, Health Science Research and Child Adolescent and Family Counselling aiming to expand the knowledge and skill of Pediatricians and other professionals as part of human resource development. The courses conducted Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension, University of Kerala in association with Child Development Centre are detailed below :


1) PG Diploma in Adolescent Pediatrics (PGDAP)


Adolescent Paediatrics is an emerging sub-specialty of paediatrics essentially for creating a cadre of doctors who can effectively deal with the psycho-medical, emotional, growth and development of children between 10-20 years. This one year course is mainly focused for Paediatricians and MBBS doctors.


 2) PG Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Family Counseling (PGD CAFC)


Many counselors who are working in the field have not necessarily had formal clinical counselling training but have shown interest in undertaking long term training provided the mode of training is distance education. Hence a “PG Diploma in Child, Adolescent & Family Counselling” was started for master’s degree holders in any of the branch of science, B.Sc. Nursing or personnel already working in the field.



 3) Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Neurology (PGD DN)

Another Postgraduate programme offered is the PG Diploma in Developmental Neurology, which is also having one year duration. The basic qualification for getting admission is PG Degree / Diploma in Pediatrics MD / Dip.NB / MNAMS / DCH/MBBS.


 4) PG Diploma in Health Science Research (PGD HSR)

PG Diploma in Health Science Research, is a One year course. The basic qualification for getting admission is Any Health Science related Degree (MBBS, BDS, B.Sc.Nursing, B.Pharm., BSMS, BAMS, BHMS, BV.Sc.) from any recognized University in India The major objectives of P.G. Diploma in Health Science Research (PGD HSR) are to equip health professionals to interpret and apply the principles of epidemiology confidently to their particular needs.

India has a vast number of highly trained health professionals whose clinical skills are second to none. However this is not recognized by those outside the country due to lack of publications and a dearth of epidemiologically sound studies. In this age of evidence based medicine it is important to make clinical decisions based on studies. Research methodology is unfortunately not taken very seriously during the training of health professionals. This course is meant to equip health professionals with epidemiological and research skills.


For enquiries regarding various courses please contact Programme Officer,


Child Development Centre at 0471-2553540 (Ext – 406)
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Students: CDC provides a platform of training and exposure in the fields of clinical child development and disability management to students of MBBS, nursing, speech and language therapy and other related disciplines. The faculty can contact CDC in case of need for training to their students in the email or can call the centre at 0471-2553540

In-service Training : Health, ICDS and Education Department Functionaries