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Cloud on nursing course

The BSc nursing course taught at the College of Nursing at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) runs the risk of de-recognition similar to that of the health cradle.

Sources said the institute does not meet many parameters set by the Nursing Council of India — it lacks adequate number of professors and associate professors besides a well-equipped library — all of which are a must for running the BSc nursing course. They added that the college also does not have teachers holding MSc nursing degree.

Recently, the Medical Council of India (MCI) denied IGIMS the permission to admit anybody to its 100 MBBS seats.

At present, the state has only two BSc nursing colleges, at Kurji Holy Family Hospital and the other at IGIMS. “The college does not have a single professor and associate professor, which increases the chances of its de-recognition. Though the college has a sufficient number of (six-seven) tutors, it is not enough to run a BSc nursing school. The college should have filled up the posts. Despite having completed a year, it is battling a faculty crunch,” said a source, adding: “The library of the nursing college faces an acute shortage of books. How can nursing students study without books? There are no projectors or monitors or a laboratory according to the Nursing Council of India norm.”

IGIMS director Arun Kumar admitted of the faculty crunch in the college but he assured that vacancies would soon be filled up. “Recently, three assistant professors have been recruited. They have been given 15-20 days’ time to join duty. We have invited applications to recruit more. We have sufficient number of tutors,” he said.

The director, however, admitted that the college library does not fulfil the parameter.