With the Indian Nursing Council (INC) removing the list of Karnataka colleges from its website, admissions in the nursing institutes have taken a nose dive.
Nursing college officials said that even students, who are in the middle of the second-year nursing courses, too have started demanding they be permitted to discontinue their courses so they can join nursing colleges outside Karnataka.
Girijamba, general secretary of the Trained Nurses Association of India, told Bangalore Mirror that last year, the Karnataka Government had issued a circular stating that colleges need not seek permission from the INC, the apex body of nursing colleges across the country and instead seek approval only from the Karnataka Nursing council and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government issued another order in January this year, which told the colleges to register only with state bodies.
She said that as a result, students aspiring to be nurses found it difficult to register and practise outside the state and country both in the government and private sector. It is mandatory that a candidate gets his or her degree from an institution recognised by Indian Nursing Council.
But the present Government Order restricts the nursing students studying in Karnataka from working outside of the state and no reciprocal registration is possible.
“Presently a majority of the students studying in Karnataka are from outside the state. But, without INC recognition, the students cannot go back to their native state and work as nurses,” she said.
This is not only a big blow to the student’s career, but it also affects admission of students to nursing education in Karnataka. “Many of our qualified registered nurses seek jobs in foreign countries. To register in the nursing council of these countries, approval from INC is mandatory. But, due to this rule, nurses may not be able to move out of the Karnataka border professionally,” she said.
According to Girijamba, around 90 per cent of the students to nursing courses come from outside Karnataka and currently there are 2 lakh nursing students in our
Getting inside the issue
Sources in the health department blamed a few colleges for the mess. A nursing college needs permission from the four bodies — the state government, Karnataka Nursing Council, Indian Nursing Council and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. In 2012-13, some medical colleges got a sanction of higher intake from the state government, while INC had downgraded the intake. When the colleges started admitting more students, the RGUHS took exception as INC hadn’t approved of that. The colleges approached the government, which ordered that permission from the state government was enough and there was no need for INC’s nod. This infuriated INC members, who sent reminders to the Karnataka government and when the latter didn’t respond, the INC decided to remove the names of all the colleges in the state from its website. The nursing colleges allege that in 70 per cent of the colleges, the students, who got admitted have already withdrawn their admission. When contacted, an official from the government said that a meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the issue.