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Govt. nursing school may lose recognition

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Deadline to complete permanent building expires on Dec.31

Students and the authorities of the Government Nursing School (GNS) here are gripped by a concern about the possible loss of its Indian Nursing Council (INC) recognition as the deadline extended by the council for ensuring full-fledged facilities on the campus is set to expire on December 31.

It was in April last that the INC served a notice on the GNS warning of loss of the school’s recognition. It was served in response to the school’s application for renewal of the recognition. The notice directed the GNS authorities to produce in three months the authorisation letter showing completion of the new permanent building of the school at Pallikkunnu. As the building is still incomplete, the school authorities are in dire straits. They had then formally requested the INC to extend the renewal of its recognition till December.

The issue was brought to the limelight on November 21 through a protest by the Kerala Students Union workers. They blockaded the office of District Medical Officer (DMO) P.K. Baby demanding the authorities take immediate steps.

When contacted Dr. Baby told The Hindu on Sunday that a decision on the issue was expected at a meeting convened by the Director of Health Services in Thiruvananthapuram on November 23. The Health Department is planning to terminate the construction contract and re-tender the works, he said, adding that the works could be completed in four months after re-tendering procedure was completed.

The works for the permanent building have remained suspended for the past 14 months as the contractor stopped the works allegedly due to the non-release of the bills totalling around Rs.35 lakh. The GNS has been functioning in a rented building near the Government Hospital here for the past 42 years.



A decision on the issue is expected at a meeting convened by the Director of Health Services on November 23.



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