New Delhi: Facing faculty crunch in
nursing institutions, government Thursday decided to raise the
retirement age of teachers having post graduation degree from
60 to 65 years.
The decision taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet
is expected to help retain faculty in the Central Government
"The Cabinet approved increasing the age of
superannuation from 60 to 65 years for the nursing teaching
faculty with MSc in nursing in government nursing institutions
subject to the condition that these nurses would continue to
function as faculty members after the age of 60 years,"
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said here.
A large number of posts of teachers with MSc (Nursing)
degree are lying vacant in central government nursing
institutions and today`s decision was an "immediate step" to
check further depletion in the availability of faculty, she
The National Commission on Macro-economics of Health
has estimated a wide gap in demand and supply of nurses in
near future. The Commission has recommended opening of new
nursing colleges and schools as also upgradation of existing
To meet the growing demands of nurses, the XIth Five
Year Plan envisages opening of new nursing colleges.