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Medical varsity conducts common entrance test for nursing colleges

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 18, 2013
First Published: 10:33 IST(18/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:37 IST(18/6/2013)

The King George’s Medical University (KGMU) has amended rules for admission to nursing colleges affiliated to the university to ensure that only quality students join the course.

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As per the amendment, the medical university conducted a centralised entrance test for the BSc nursing course on Sunday and now admission will be provided based upon the performance in this entrance test. Earlier, all affiliated institutes were allowed to take admission individually based upon the test they conducted or the merit decided. In the earlier system KGMU had no active role in deciding the candidates.

“The centralised system will facilitate smooth and speedy admissions. Once the candidate take the exam, we shall allot a seat based upon their performance and preference,” said Dr AK Singh, controller of examination at KGMU.

Affiliation to different nursing colleges has been given by KGMU in Sitapur, Varanasi Agra and Kanpur districts and to Vivekananda Polyclinic and Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow. The exams at these institutes are conducted under the supervision of the faculty from KGMU. Now, with the implementation of a centralised entrance system, KGMU hopes to further uplift the standard of nursing education.

However, the directors/ head of nursing institutes are not happy with the decision. They say this has taken away the power of selecting candidates from them and has hence curbed their role in educating nurses. The heads of these institutes are approaching KGMU authorities for a roll back of the decision but this is unlikely, as the entrance test has been already conducted for the forthcoming academic session.

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