Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Bhupinder Kumar, today reviewed functioning of Nursing Schools and Colleges established in Jammu and Kashmir under Centrally Sponsored Schemes under phase-I, II, III and under PMDP.
Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Director (Coordination), New Medical Colleges, Nursing Colleges and Paramedical Colleges, J&K, briefed the Secretary about the present status of Nursing Schools and Colleges, utilization of funds and the bottlenecks in operationalisation of these institutions.
He informed that 21 ANM/GNM Schools were sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in Phase-I and Phase-II of centrally sponsored scheme, out of which, 17 have been made fully operational and 04 are being made operational by next year.
In Phase-III, GoI sanctioned up gradation of 10 ANM/GNM Schools into Nursing Colleges along with the financial grant to augment the infrastructure, Lab Machinery/Equipments, Books etc. Besides, 05 Nursing Colleges were sanctioned under PMDP at Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore, Gangyal and Kishtwar.
Secretary directed the Principals of these Medical/Nursing Colleges for timely utilization of funds for creation of infrastructure, procurement of machinery/ equipments, books etc to ensure that the requirements of Jammu and Kashmir University are met for starting courses of different streams in these institutions.
Principal Medical College, Jammu and Srinagar were asked to operationalise the Nursing Colleges at Gangyal and Budgam at the earliest. It was also decided that the faculty in these institutions, shall be made available through engagement on academic arrangement basis, against the sanctioned posts and on internal arrangements in consultation with the two Directorates.
Besides, the vacant posts of Principals of Nursing Colleges shall be filled shortly.Among others the meeting was attended by the Principals of Medical Colleges, Director Health Services, Jammu/Kashmir, Director, Finance HME, Joint Director Planning HME, Principals of Nursing Colleges and others senior officers of Health & Medical Education Department.