Staff Reporter

Nursing students face uncertainty

  • Task force report placed before the High Court
  • Nursing Council, RGUHS asked to file report in three weeks

    BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the Karnataka Nursing Council (KNC) and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) not to approve the admission of students this year to 352 nursing schools and 180 nursing colleges respectively in the State.

    A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice Ajit Gunjal passed the order after the State Government placed before the court copies of the report and recommendations of the Task Force for Paramedical Education.

    The Bench was dealing with suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) after the Acting Chairman of the Kerala Human Rights Commission V.P. Mohan Kumar had written to the court about the condition of nursing and other paramedical colleges in the State.

    The High Court had asked the Government to look into the issue and file a report. Simultaneously, the Governor had brought to the notice of the Government the need for a task force to look into state of paramedical education.

    The Government had then constituted a seven-member task force, headed by C.M. Gurumurthy.

    In its report, the task force said it had gone into the functioning of 1,253 nursing, homoeopathy, ayurvedic, unani, pharmacy and physiotherapy colleges covering 55,742 students.

    The Bench sought to know what action the Council had taken after it passed orders on the PIL on August 30, 2006.

    The Council said although it had withdrawn recognition to a nursing institution in Tumkur, the Government had allowed it to continue. The court wanted to know the basis on which the Government had overruled the Council.

    The Bench said 352 nursing schools and 180 nursing colleges were found to be lacking in infrastructure. While it directed the KNC not to approve for this year the admission of students to 352 nursing schools, it asked the university not to approve until further orders the admission of students this year to 180 nursing colleges. Both the KNC and the RGUHS were asked to intimate within three weeks from today the court order to the institutions under their jurisdiction.

    The Bench adjourned hearing in the case to November 7.