High Court directs State to close 70 Bogus Nursing Colleges

Published On 2022-07-03 04:00 GMT   |   Update On 2022-07-03 04:00 GMT

Gwalior: Taking stringent action against nursing colleges operating without adhering to the prescribed norms, the Gwallior bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the State and the Nursing Council on Wednesday to shut down 70 such bogus Nursing Colleges belonging to Gwalior-Chambal region.Apart from this, the HC bench has also asked the State for conducting departmental...

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Gwalior: Taking stringent action against nursing colleges operating without adhering to the prescribed norms, the Gwallior bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the State and the Nursing Council on Wednesday to shut down 70 such bogus Nursing Colleges belonging to Gwalior-Chambal region.

Apart from this, the HC bench has also asked the State for conducting departmental inquiry against the concerned officials who gave permission to the nursing colleges to operate.

Among the 70 colleges, 31 belongs to Gwalior, while Morena, Bhind, Sheopur and Datia lost 16, 12, 9 and 2 colleges respectively.

While Gwalior has the maximum nursing colleges (121) in the Chambal-Gwalior region, the number of colleges in the neighbouring district of Morena is also not less. Morena has 30 such colleges and Bhind has 18. Several students hailing from Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh used to get their nursing degrees from these institutes, adds The Print.

These directions came from the court while it was considering a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed last year. Advocate Umesh Bohra, the petitioner of this plea had highlighted the fact that several nursing colleges in the Gwalior-Chambal region had been operating without any proper infrastructure and admitting students every single year. Without even holding any classes, such colleges were distributing degrees to the students, he alleged in the plea.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that following the PIL filed by advocate Umesh Bohre, the HC bench had formed a Physical Verification Committee to inspect the nursing colleges of which the petitioner, Bohre was also a member. However, this decision of constituting a high-level commission comprising Lawyers, District Judge and Collector of District had been stayed by the Supreme Court.

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As per the latest media report by The Print, earlier in 2022, an inquiry committee had been constituted under the Madhya Pradesh Nursing Council in compliance with the HC order. The court had directed this committee for probing 270 recognised nursing colleges in the Gwalior-Chambal region.

Following this, the committee submitted its report in a sealed cover and the report showed that 70 medical colleges lacked proper infrastructure as per the standard norms. On the basis of the report, the court has now ordered the authorities to shut down these colleges.

While commenting on the matter, petitioner Bohra told The Print, "This order sends a big message for the people of Gwalior-Chambal region. The students who would have graduated from these colleges would have entered the healthcare workforce without proper training, which can be dangerous for the system."

Further mentioning that he would approach the court seeking cancellation of degrees awarded to students from these bogus colleges, Bohra added, "The students paid money and got degrees from these colleges. They have not received any classroom or hospital training and they have degrees to attend to patients in hospitals."

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) of Gwalior, Manish Sharma has welcomed the order as he opined that this would help clean up the bogus colleges that were operating in illegal manner. Following the court's order, the CMHO office might also face an inquiry to find out how these colleges had received approval despite not having any hospitals attached to them.

Referring to this, Sharma said, "We are aware that our office is also involved in the inspections. The court order will help us identify people who have given approvals without the required set-up. We want the inquiry to happen. This will clean the system."

The court's order has been welcomes by Private Nursing Institute Association All India, which had earlier approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the HC order for inspecting the nursing colleges by a team of lawyers.

They argued that only a few nursing colleges were in such a poor state. Confirming that the association is not planning to challenge the court order, the president of the association, R.M.Singh told the daily, "Our association will not support the colleges that were not operating according to the rules. We respect the court order and the government inquiry."

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