Nursing colleges' body wants lists of all states removed from Council portal

Assn to move HC over Council's powers to recognise colleges/publish lists

Nursing colleges' body wants lists of all states removed from Council portal

In a continuing legal battle, the Karnataka State Association of the Managements of Nursing and Allied Health Science Institutions plans to file an affidavit before the High Court in January, seeking directions to the Indian Nursing Council to remove lists of colleges of all states from its website.

On November 15, the INC had published a list of schools/colleges of nursing under Sections 13 and 14 of the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947, offering various courses such as Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery (ANM) and General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM). The list excluded the names of colleges in Karnataka.

The exclusion was made because of the verdict by a single bench of the Karnataka High Court on July 24 in a case between the Association and the INC. The judge had ruled that the Council did not have the authority to grant recognition to nursing institutes and had restrained it from publishing any material implying that recognition was to be obtained.

The Council challenged the judgement before a division bench, which ruled that though it was not authorised to recognise institutions, they could publish information. The Association then approached the Supreme Court, which upheld the single judge order in September.

Complying with the order, the Council removed the names of Karnataka colleges from the lists published on its website.

"For example, if a student in Manipur checks the website and sees that the names of Karnataka colleges are not in the list, there will be doubt in his or her mind. It will affect the reputation of institutions here. The Council should remove the names of colleges from all states," said S Shivakumar, president of the Association.

T Dileep Kumar, president of the INC, said they had removed the names of Karnataka institutions to avoid contempt of court. He said they had not used the word 'recognition' in the list. Sections 13 and 14 of the INC Act give the Council the power to inspect the institutions. If they are not found to be up to the Council standards, the Council can decide that students of such institutes cannot work outside the state.

"The list we have put up is of those colleges which we have inspected and found suitable as per the Act. Karnataka has been excluded because of the court order. But our appeal in this case is pending before the two-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court," Kumar said.

After the vacation, in January, the Council intends to expedite the appeal.

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'Students won't be affected'

Dileep Kumar, president of the INC, said the exclusion of Karnataka colleges will not affect the career prospects of students. The idea of putting up the list is only to ensure transparency, he said, adding that the case was still pending and would not affect students.

Director of Medical Education Dr Sachidananda also said the recognition of state colleges and prospects of students who wish to work outside the state would not be affected.

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