Following shortage of paramedics in hospitals, the Haryana IGNOU Community College in Manesar has decided to start nursing courses.
Support staff in hospitals comes from across India, mostly Kerala, and there are few colleges providing nursing training in north India.
The courses will be run jointly with IGNOU at the Manesar campus.
Hospitals have welcomed the move as it will help fill the gap in shortage of nurses.
“The project is in its initial stages. We have to chalk out a strategy before introducing the courses. We also have to collaborate with city-based hospitals for placements,” said Ravin Ahuja, deputy registrar, Haryana IGNOU Community College. “Also, we can’t install all the equipment here, so we need hospitals’ help for practical training,” he added.
The course will be for lab technicians in intensive care units, ultrasound department and pathology labs. There will be 20 seats in each course.
Haryana’s first plastic surgery surgeon, Dr SK Soni, said a hospital cannot be run only by doctors. “A hospital can’t survive if the support staff is not good. We need trained and skilled staff. It will be a boon for doctors as well as patients,” added Dr Soni.
Director of Pushpanjali Hospital in Civil Lines, Dr SP Yadav, said these courses will help hospitals a lot. “Sometimes, we are compelled to train support staff on our own, which takes time and energy. But our job will get easier if we get trained staff,” said Yadav.