Nursing students move HC against non approval of IGNOU centre

New Delhi: Candidates pursuing post-graduate nursing course offered by IGNOU have approached the Delhi High Court following the regulatory body Indian Nursing Council's fiat that the Safdarjang Hospital Centre was not approved by it.

They have complained that the University had assured them about the approval by Indian Nursing Council (INC) at the time of joining the course.

"The programme guide stated that Post Basic BSc Nursing Programme conducted by IGNOU is recognised by the Indian Nursing Council. However, the INC had on August 8 informed that it has approved eleven study centers only and in the list, the name of Safdarjang Hospital is missing," they said.

The petition filed by Bessy Edison, Shiny Chacko and others pursuing Post Basic BSc nursing Programme run by IGNOU at the school of nursing in Safdarjang, have sought a direction to the INC for granting approval to a course run by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at a centre here.

"The petitioners are aggrieved by the fact that without NOC from the INC, they will not be in a position to join the classes for higher studies and the delay will result in losing one academic year for no fault of theirs", the petition filed through advocate Wills Mathew said.

Attributing inaction on the part of the Nursing Council, the petitioners said the course conducted from similarly placed institutions were approved by the regulatory body.

"The petitioners have joined the Nightingle Institute of Nursing and are deprived of the right to continue their classes for MSc just for the reason that it is the case of the Indian Nursing Council that courses conducted by Safdarjang Hospital is not approved by them, whereas it is the case of the Indira Gandhi national Open University that there is approval from Indian Nursing Council," the petition said.

They have alleged that as per the version of the INC, another college of Nursing is approved by it and students from the institution are doing their practical training at the Safdarjang hospital.

The petitioners have contended that non-recognition of the course by the INC resulted in miscarriage of justice for all the students who have studied in the institution.

"The actions and inactions of the INC and the IGNOU in settling their legitimate grievances amounts to violation of their fundamental rights under the Constitution as the same is arbitrary, discriminatory and against the rules," the petition said.

The students have also a sought direction to the Nightingle Institute of Nursing for allowing them to pursue their studies with them as an interim measure.