As per a fresh notification from the state Nursing Council, students who passed their PUC through private means are not eligible for admissions. Students who had obtained admissions in nursing colleges this year after however are complaining of the delay in intimation.
“They could have informed us at the time of admission itself. Why are they telling us we are not eligible now?” asked Jisha of Belthangady, one of the students studying at Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing, Mangalore.
Jisha is one of the six GNM students who obtained admission at the Laxmi Nursing College for 2012-13 batch. The admissions were carried out in July. Students had been attending classes from September and have written one internal examination already. But now the College authorities, following a notification from the Karnataka State Nursing Council, have brought to the attention of these students that they are not eligible to be studying in the college as the Council has stated that students with a private PUC cannot be considered.
The students grouse that they should have been informed about it at the time of admission itself. Some of them hail from economically weak background and arranged for the course fees by taking educational loans.
Education activist Umar UH said that there is ample confusion and lack of proper decision making at the governmental level which is causing problems. “The students who have obtained admissions in nursing colleges although completed their PUC privately, possess PUC certificates issued by the PU Board of the government. There is confusion prevailing over NEET and CET in the state already wherein students are not sure whether to write NEET or the traditional CET”, he said.
The college authorities on the other hand claim that they are helpless since the notification has come from the State Nursing Council itself.
Says Dr. Larissa Martha Sams, Principal, Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing, Mangalore: “They should have notified in advance. We understand that such a move has caused inconvenience to students. The management is also trying to convince the State Nursing Council of allowing students to continue with the course. The students can attend classes until there is clarity in the issue. In case they are to be discontinued, their fees will be paid back”.
However, students continue to worry as in case of discontinuation, they would have to waste one year. There are about 35 nursing institutions in Mangalore with approximately two to three students hailing from a private PUC background on an average at least, and in case of non-eligibility, all of them would be affected by the late decision made by the State Nursing Council.
Nursing Council's notification puts students in limbo