In a relief to over 7,000 nursing trainees of various private institutes in Haryana, whose examinations had not been held since 2014, Pt BDS University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, has agreed to hold their examination and give them auxiliary nursing mid-wifery (ANM) and general nursing mid-wifery (GNM) diplomas certificates.
Health minister Anil Vij, who held a meeting with officials of health and medical education departments and varsity officials on Wednesday, gave his nod to the examination.
He flayed the previous Congress government, which, he said, allowed numerous such private institutes to come up and operate without setting up state nursing training council (and its examination board), which alone was authorised to conduct the examinations. Vij said that the previous government also did not take care that the mushrooming private institutes subscribed to requirements of the Indian Nursing Council.
According to officials, the state government has also decided to set up the council (and its examination board) within the next couple of weeks. “Nonetheless, the Rohtak varsity will hold the exams as a one-time arrangement for the students in about two months’ time,” he said. He added the previous government had started the examination process in 2014, the same couldn’t be completed. Hence the exam of 2014 and 2015 (due in July) now.
Meanwhile, a high-level probe was also said to be on the way to check and inspect several private nursing institutes, which were not authorised to run diploma courses because of their poor or inadequate staff and infrastructure, but were running in the state. It was learnt that the state government would also look into the nursing diploma examinations of the previous years, process of which, it suspected, was grossly vitiated.
The Rohtak varsity, which only holds the examination for the nursing degree courses, will hold their examination for the said diploma.
About other decisions at the meeting, Vij said that the entire record of patients at all the 55 district hospitals and PGIMS, Rohtak, would be available online by March, 2016. He also asked the Haryana urban development authority to look for land in the close proximity of the general hospital in Panchkula so as to set up a medical college.
He said that a medical college would be set up at Bhiwani for which a high-level committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Kasni, who will expedite the work to set up the medical college.