A nursing school here would be upgraded to a college at the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital, coming up here.
KCGMCH director S Kashyap said the college would have 40 to 60 seats and offera four-year degree course in nursing, and may offer postgraduate courses in the field as well.
However, Kashyap clarified that the nursing college would be set up only after the medical college becomes fully functional.
He added that construction work on the medical college had begun last month and would be completed within the stipulated time of 20 months.
"The state government has approved the planned upgrade. The nursing college would help provide medical care required at the upcoming medical college. We are planning to offer short degree courses with various specializations, in accordance with the Indian Nursing Council," he said.
Sources in the health department said there was a shortage of professionally-trained nursing staff, and the opening of a nursing college would be crucial in plugging the gap.
Besides fulfilling requirements of the medical facility here, the nursing college would open up job avenues for youths, said a senior functionary at the KCHMCH.
Presently, a nursing school with an annual intake of 20 students is being run on the KCGMCH campus. The school offers a three-and-a-half year diploma course.
Nursing schools are functioning at Bhiwani and Hisar, while Pandit Bhagwat Dayal University of Health Science and Research at Rohtak is the only state-run institute offering a degree, besides more than 20 private colleges.