Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda have revealed the financial implications for the upgradation of present nursing schools and colleges in the country. As per these implications a total fund of Rs. 48.715 crore has been granted to 17 nursing schools to upgrade themselves into nursing colleges.

Under the Central Sector Scheme of Development of Nursing Services, each nursing school can have a maximum grant of Rs. 6.00 crore for their upgradation. So far 17 institutions have been provided with funds equal to 48.715 Crore.

Here are the 12 institutes and the fund they have been allotted:

Apart from funds for upgradation, the government has also released funds to improve the quantity and capacity of the General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) and Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) schools at all India level. In this regard, the Government has approved and released funds to 112 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and 136 General Nurse-Midwives (GNM) Schools in the country.

In addition to that, various steps have been taken for increasing the qualified faculty and upgrading the knowledge and skill of nursing personnel in various speciality areas. The steps taken in this regard are Student patient ratio has been changed from 1:5 to 1:3, the land from 5 acres has been relaxed to construct the building of 54,000 sq. ft. for school/college of Nursing and Hostel, Relaxing norms for teaching faculty to start B.Sc. (N) Programme has been introduced, Relaxation for opening M.Sc. (N) programme has been also given, Distance from school to hospital has been relaxed from 15 km to 30 km, however for hilly and tribal areas the maximum distance is 50 Km, Six weeks training is imparted by using Standard Based management and recognition approach to strengthen the foundation of pre-service education of ANM resulting in better-prepared health provider.

General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) – General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM) programme is aimed at creating skilled and competent nurses. This programme lets the students learn to provide medical care to patients suffering from different problems and diseases. Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) is a 3-year diploma course in the domain of paramedics.

Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) – It is a 02 year undergraduate certificate-level course in Medical Nursing. The duration of the Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) is different in different institutes, however, mostly it ranges from 1 to 3 academic years. Minimum Eligibility for this course is 10+2 level of education with a minimum aggregate of 45% marks.

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