Around 60 nursing students from a hospital in Kodambakkam attempted to stage a sit-in on the Directorate of Medical Education premises alleging poor hostel facilities at the institute run by JV Hospital, Kodambakkam.

According to police, the students had filed a complaint against the management at the Kodambakkam police station. The complaint stated that on Tuesday afternoon a girl student raised an alarm on finding an intruder in the room that she occupied with two other students. Since the management did not provide an explanation, they filed a police complaint and came to the DME's office to stage a sit-in, police said.

Director of Medical Education S. Vinayagam said, “The students wanted to know how the institution had been given affiliation without the required facilities. They later met the Nursing Council secretary and held a discussion.”

Unauthorised course

However on Thursday, the Nursing Council found that the institution was offering an unauthorised course.

Secretary G. Josephine said the institution was running an unauthorised Diploma in Health Assistant course, apart from a course approved by the Tamil Nadu Open University.

“Each time we get such complaints, we inform the government and District Collectors. Our website also gives clear instructions about authorised programmes and institutions. We do not know how the students get misled,” Dr. Josephine said, calling for enactment of the Clinical Establishment Act which would ensure that the clinics and the nurses are accredited by the National Accreditation Board and have the licence to practise.

Efforts made to reach the hospital authorities for comment elicited no information.

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