No provision of nomination in BSc Nursing: Govt

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 16: The Govt today claimed that there was no provision of nominations for the BSc Nursing course but said that about 400 candidates were nominated for some other para-medical courses during 2015-16.
Replying to a question of  Congress member Jugal Kishore in the Legislative Council today, Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat informed that the selection for BSc Nursing Course is done through written test, while the candidates for paramedical training courses are  nominated as per norms.
Bhagat said the candidates for FMPHW, Medical Assistant, Lab Assistant, Dental Assistant, X-Ray Assistant, Ophthalmic Assistant, Anesthesia, ECG Tech, GNM and Sanitary Inspector streams are nominated as per the guidelines issued by the Government from time to time.
Replying to another question of  Jugal Kishore,  the Minister elaborated that there is no provision to nominate the candidates  for  BSc Nursing course and  the selection is being done  through  a competitive examination and there was no  involvement  of the Government in the selection process.
Bhagat also informed that the nominations for Paramedical courses for the current year have not been issued by the department till date.
He further claimed that for the nominations, he had written to the MLAs/ MLCs to give list of candidates of their areas who are economically backward/ poor. Some members forwarded the names and they have been included in the list.
Jugal Kishore asked what criteria was adopted for nominating the candidates as it was not mentioned in the list provided. The Minister claimed that candidates should be from backward area/ economically weaker sections and hoped that legislators had recommended only such names. He said only 20 % nomination as per Govt order is allowed.
Legislator Surinder Kumar Choudhary raised supplementary question to the main question. He called for adopting nomination system for BSc Nursing Course also.