Chandy for more nursing colleges

Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the Government is ready to sanction more educational institutions in the nursing and paramedical sectors.Inaugurating the Jubilee Memorial College of Nursing on Saturday, the Chief Minister said the conditions set by the Government were: educational institutions should follow norms and maintain high standards.

``The Government is committed to promoting courses and sectors that promise more jobs. The Cabinet has granted no-objection certificates to 28 nursing colleges. There is a demand for a nursing college for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. If the proposed college does not have an attached hospital, the facilities of Government hospitals would be made available. After the United Democratic Front came to power, there has been a 10-fold increase in the number of seats for nursing students,'' the Chief Minister said.

He said the Government had its limitations in providing free education. ``We have wasted our opportunities, citing principles. Principles are welcome if they are pragmatic.''

He said that efforts are being made to rectify the anomalies in the fee structure of self-financing colleges. ``The court has expressed its opinion. We should now find a practical solution, keeping in mind our social responsibilities,'' he said.

Among those present on the occasion were Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan, P. P. George, MLA, Archbishop Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhi, Auxiliary Bishop Mar Andrews Thazhathu, District Collector K.S. Premachandra Kurup, Director of the Jubilee Mission Medical College Hospital Francis Alappat, and Principal of the nursing college Tamil Selvi.

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