Special Correspondent

Though there were only eight vacancies in the school, 27 students were taken

  • The institute had taken funds from the Government for scholarships
  • DSS leader to consider filing case against school for cheating students

    SHIMOGA: The fate of 27 first-year nursing students, 24 of whom belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, studying at the Nandini Nursing School run by the Shivappa Naik Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) here, hangs in the balance as admissions have been made in excess.

    Though there were only eight vacancies in the school, 27 students were admitted in October last year. While September 30 was the deadline for admitting students, the institute continued to admit students in October against the norms laid down by the Karnataka Nursing Council.

    As most of the students studied in Kannada medium they found it difficult to follow lessons in English.

    They did not appear for the examination on the ground that they could not understand what was taught to them.

    They are now seeking admission to other colleges with better facilities.

    Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department had released Rs. 2.39 lakh to the management of the school for hostel scholarships for SC/ST students.

    The problems of the students were discussed at a meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner T.K. Anilkumar. Director of Medical Education Ramanand Shetty was present.

    District convenor of the Dalit Sangharsh Samithi (DSS) Gurumurthy who took up the case of Dalit students told presspersons that he was contemplating filing a criminal case against the management of the school for having cheated the students by not conducting the courses properly and for taking the scholarship fund from the Government.

    He said he would go ahead with this if the meeting convened by the Directorate of Medical Education in Bangalore on June 1 did not come out with a satisfactory solution to the problem.

    He said nearly 3,000 students had been admitted in excess to nursing schools all over the State overlooking norms laid by the Karnataka Nursing Council. Mr. Gurumurthy said the Nandini School of Nursing lacked facilities and teaching staff. "There are instances when the final year students are asked to conduct classes for first year students," he said, and added that the Nandini Nursing School was one of the two institutes in Shimoga recognised by the Indian Nursing Council.

    The facilities being offered at the hostel were far from satisfactory.

    He said there were similar problems in all seven nursing colleges in the district. "But no attempt has been made by those concerned to highlight them," he said.

    Mr. Gurumurthy said Sridhar, who represented the school's management at the meeting, offered to return the scholarship amount released by the government and the Transfer Certificates if the students wanted to join other schools. "But how is this possible? On what ground can it be returned? Does this not amount to admitting irregularities in the admission process?" he asked.

    He said the Deputy Commissioner promised at the meeting to initiate criminal cases against the management on the charge of cheating if students gave written complaints.

    He said it was unfortunate that the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner who had held separate meetings had failed to resolve the issue.