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Government To Establish 157 Nursing Colleges To Provide Quality, Affordable And Equitable Nursing Education

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of 157 nursing colleges at a cost of ₹ 1,570 crore in co-location with existing medical colleges, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said

Government To Establish 157 Nursing Colleges To Provide Quality, Affordable And Equitable Nursing Education
India has only 1.7 nurse per 1,000 people against the WHO recommended 2.5 nurse

New Delhi: In an attempt to strengthen nursing workforce in the country, on Wednesday (April 26), the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the establishment of 157 new nursing colleges with a budget outlay of Rs. 1,570 crore. These nursing colleges will be in co-location with the existing medical colleges established since 2014. Rs. 10 crore will be spent on building each college, and the 157 colleges will be ready in the next 24 months, said Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya while addressing the media. He said,

There are three types of nurses: Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives (ANM), General Nurses and Midwives (GNM) and Graduate Nurses who have completed four-year undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The demand for BSc Nursing has increased in our country and the world as well.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 2.5 medical staff (physicians, nurses and midwives) per 1,000 people are needed to provide adequate coverage with primary care interventions. But India has only 1.7 medical staff per 1,000 people.

The decision has been taken with the aim to provide quality, affordable, and equitable nursing education in India, particularly in underserved districts and States and Union Territories. The move will add approximately 15,700 nursing graduates every year.

The initiative has also been undertaken as a part of the national mandate for Universal Health Care (UHC) and will help in attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

According to an official statement, the co-location of these nursing colleges with existing medical colleges will allow optimal utilisation of the existing infrastructure, skill labs, clinical facilities, and faculty.

The press release stated,

This initiative is expected to provide better clinical exposure to nursing students and will also result in better care and service provision for patients in medical colleges. Use of green technologies will also be explored in these nursing colleges and will be adopted as per relevancy to ensure energy efficiency and reduction in carbon footprint.

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The initiative also aims to address the geographical and rural-urban imbalances in the healthcare sector, resulting in skewed availability of nursing professionals in certain areas.

Currently, India has 5,324 nursing institutes. Sharing the data on the imbalance, Dr Mandaviya said,

Down South, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have 40 per of the country’s nursing colleges. Whereas, 13 states don’t have a single nursing college. In Bihar, only 2 government-run nursing colleges are there, the other 10 are private. We will establish 8 more government-run colleges in the state. Similarly, Jharkhand has three BSc nursing colleges (one government and two private); five new colleges will be opened.

The Union Health Minister said that a lot of Indian nurses move abroad, creating a gap in our country. Hence, it is crucial to fulfill the demand for nurses. He said,

The UK has 24,000 Indian nurses, the US has 16,000, Australia has 12,000, followed by 5,000 India nurses in Canada and 10,000 in Gulf nations.

Dr Mandaviya believes that opening up of new colleges will help achieve the country’s nursing requirement and will also provide youngsters with an opportunity to pursue BSc nursing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the decision saying it is great news for India’s aspiring nursing professionals. The co-location with existing medical colleges also signifies optimum use of resources, he said.

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