Indian Nursing Council : Minimum pre-requisites for granting suitability to Nursing Programs Regulations, 2020

Indian Nursing Council : Minimum pre-requisites for granting suitability to Nursing Programs Regulations, 2020

INDIAN NURSING COUNCIL

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 12th March, 2021

[INDIAN NURSING COUNCIL (MINIMUM PRE-REQUISITES FOR GRANTING SUITABILITY TO NURSING PROGRAMS) REGULATIONS, 2020]

F. No. 11-1/2019-INC.—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 16 of the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947 (XLVIII of 1947), as amended from time to time, the Indian Nursing Council hereby makes the following regulations namely:—

1. Short Title and Commencement

(i) These Regulations may be called the Indian Nursing Council (Minimum pre-requisites for granting suitability to Nursing Programs) Regulations, 2020.

(ii) These shall come into force on the date of its notification in the official Gazette of India.

2. Definitions

In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,

(i) ‘the Act’ means the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947 (XLVIII of 1947) as amended from time to time;

(ii) ‘the Council’ means the Indian Nursing Council constituted under the Act of 1947;

(iii) ‘SNRC’ means the State Nurses and Midwives Registration Council by whichever name constituted and called by the respective State Governments;

(iv) ‘Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery (ANM)’ means the Diploma in Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery qualification recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-I of the Schedule to the Act;

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    (v) ‘General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM)’ means the Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery qualification recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-I of the Schedule to the Act;

    (vi) ‘B.Sc. (Nursing)’ means the four year B.Sc. (Nursing) degree qualification in nursing recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-II of the Schedule to the Act;

    (vii) ‘P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)’ means the two year Post Basic B.Sc. (Nursing) degree qualification in nursing recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-II of the Schedule to the Act;

    (viii) ‘M.Sc. (Nursing)’ means the two year M.Sc. (Nursing) Post Graduate degree qualification in nursing recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-II of the Schedule to the Act;

    (ix) ‘NPCC’ means the two year Post Graduate Residency Qualification in Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care offered to B.Sc. (Nursing) degree holders to provide training in advanced nursing care to patients who are critically ill and recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act and included in Part-II of the Schedule to the Act;

    3. Minimum pre-requisites (for starting ANM)

    (i) The following Establishments/Organizations are eligible to establish/open an ANM School.

    a) Central Government/State Government/Local Body;

    b) Registered Private or Public Trust;

    c) Organizations Registered under Societies Registration Act including Missionary Organizations;

    d) Companies incorporated under Section 8 of Company’s Act.

    (ii) The eligible Establishments/Organizations should obtain Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate from the concerned State Government where the ANM School of Nursing is sought to be established. The particulars of the name of the School/Nursing Institution along with the name of the Trust/Society [as mentioned in Trust Deed or Memorandum of Association] as also full address shall be mentioned in No Objection Certificate/Essentiality Certificate.

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    (iii) After receipt of the Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate, the eligible institution shall get recognition from the concerned SNRC for the ANM program for the particular Academic Year, which is a mandatory requirement.

    (iv) The Council shall after receipt of the above documents/proposal online would then conduct Statutory Inspection of the recognized training nursing institution under Section 13 of the Act in order to assess the suitability with regard to availability of Teaching Faculty, Clinical and Infrastructural Facilities in conformity with Regulations framed under the provisions of the Act.

    *Provided that training institutions shall apply for statutory inspection, under Section 13 of the Act, to the Council within 6 months from obtaining recognition from the SNRC.

    Note: Admission for ANM is restricted only for female candidates.

    4. Minimum pre-requisites {for starting GNM and B.Sc. (Nursing)}

    (i) The  following  Establishments/Organizations  are  eligible  to  establish/open  a  GNM  School  of Nursing/ B.Sc. (Nursing) College of Nursing.

    a) Central Government/State Government/Local Body;

    b) Registered Private or Public Trust;

    c) Organizations registered under Societies Registration Act including Missionary Organizations;

    d) Companies incorporated under Section 8 of Company’s Act.

    (ii) The eligible Establishments/Organizations should have their own 100 bedded Parent Hospital.

    Provided that in respect of Tribal and Hilly Area the requirement of own Parent Hospital is exempted.

    a.  Tribal area – Scheduled Notified Area {Areas as the President of India may by order declare to be Scheduled Areas};

    b.   Hilly  area – Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Union Territory of Ladakh, North East States, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

    (iii) The eligible Establishments/Organizations should obtain Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate from the concerned State Government where the GNM and B.Sc. (Nursing) College of Nursing is sought to be established. The particulars of the name of the College/Nursing Institution along with the name of the Trust/Society [as mentioned in Trust Deed or Memorandum of Association] as also full address shall be mentioned in No Objection Certificate/Essentiality Certificate.

    (iv) After receipt of the Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate, the eligible institution shall get recognition from the concerned SNRC for the GNM & B.Sc. (Nursing) program for the particular Academic Year, which is a mandatory requirement.

    (v) The Council shall after receipt of the above documents/proposal online would then conduct Statutory Inspection of the recognized training nursing institution under Section 13 of the Act in order to assess the suitability with regard to availability of Teaching Faculty, Clinical and Infrastructural Facilities in conformity with Regulations framed under the provisions of the Act.

    *Provided that training institutions shall apply for statutory inspection, under Section 13 of the Act, to the Council within 6 months from obtaining recognition from the SNRC.

    5. Parent Hospital {applicable to GNM and B.Sc. (Nursing)}

    Parent  Hospital  for  a  nursing  institution  having  the  same  Trust  which  has  established  nursing institution as well as the hospital. OR

    For a nursing institution (managed by Trust) a ‘Parent Hospital’ would be a hospital either owned and controlled by the Trust or managed and controlled by a Member of the Trust. In case the owner of the hospital is a member of the Trust then the hospital would continue to function as a ‘Parent Hospital’ till the life of the nursing institution. The undertaking would also be to the effect that the Member of the Trust would not allow the hospital to be treated as ‘Parent/Affiliated Hospital’ to any other nursing institution and will be for minimum 30 years [i.e. signed by all members of Trust] to the undertaking to be submitted from the Members of the Trust.

    The beds of Parent Hospital shall be in one Unitary Hospital i.e. in same building/same campus. Further, the Parent Hospital shall be in the same State i.e. where the institution is located.

    a. It is to be noted that once a particular hospital is shown as ‘Parent Hospital’ and permission given to the nursing institution to conduct nursing courses, then, the permission/suitability granted would last as long as the said Hospital is attached as a ‘Parent Hospital’.

    b. In case the member of the Trust withdraws the Undertaking given, in that event the permission/ suitability letter issued would be deemed to have lapsed/stand withdrawn with immediate effect.

    6. Change of Trust/Society {applicable to ANM/GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    (i) The Trust/Society cannot be purchased as per Indian Trust Act, but there can be change of Members/ Trustees. It is therefore the purchase of institution or change of membership will not be considered for continuation of the program. The institution which is purchased/taken over will be considered as closed. And a fresh Government Order shall be required mentioning the Trust/Society name along with programs.

    (ii) The change of membership in Society/change of Trust and Trustees to be submitted immediately after incorporating through Registrar Cooperative Societies/Indian Trust Act.

    (iii) As per law Trust/Society can open number of institutions, but it will be considered as  one institution under the ambit of one Trust. It is therefore, a Trust can open only one  nursing institution in one city/town.

    (iv) If already an institution is existing in that city or town with an abbreviated name (e.g. R K College of Nursing) then another institution with expanded name (Rama Krishna College of Nursing) will not be allowed).

    (v) No two institutions will have same name in same city/town.

    7. Change   of   Address   {applicable   to   ANM/GNM/B.Sc.   (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc.   (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    SNRC shall issue a certificate, certifying the fact that the nursing institution is being shifted to the new building/premises at the address indicated. The certificate issued should indicate clearly complete address. The certificate issued should indicate clearly the total covered area of the nursing institution, number of rooms along with area specification, provision of adequate washroom facilities, lighting, and ventilation etc. of the new building.

    8. Change  of  Location  {applicable   to   ANM/GNM/B.Sc.  (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc.  (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    Change of location (District/Town/City/Village) shall be considered under new proposal i.e. fresh Essentiality Certificate from the State Government and recognition from the SNRC is mandatory.

    9. Strict Compliance of the Syllabus prescribed by the Council {applicable to ANM/GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    No Institutions/SNRC/University will modify the syllabi prescribed by the Council for a course. However they can add units/subjects if need be.

    10. Close/Re-start of the Nursing Programs  {applicable  to  ANM/GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    If Institutions have not admitted the students for 2 consecutive years, it shall be considered as closed. Institute may apply for suitability to the Council under Section 13 & 14 of the Act through online within 5 years of the closure. While conducting the inspection they will not be covered under the new guidelines with regard to Parent Hospital. However, the above relaxation will be applicable only for five years. In case the proposal is submitted after 5 years from the year of closure, it has to be a fresh proposal with due Essentiality Certificate from the State Government and recognition from the SNRC. In such cases the new guidelines with regards to parent hospital and calendar of events shall be applicable.

    11. Change  of  Name  of  the  Institution  {applicable   to   ANM/GNM/B.Sc.  (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/ M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

    If the Trust/Society proposes to change the name of the Institute, a valid reason has to be submitted. If SNRC/University have accepted the change of name of Institute it may be accepted by the Council provided the Trust/Society is same and does not come under Para No. 6 above.

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      12. Ratio of FEMALE and MALE Nursing Teachers in School Programs {applicable to ANM and GNM)

      Ratio of Female to Male in Nursing Teachers for the following nursing programs shall be as given below:—

      (i) 4 Female : 1 male for ANM program

      (ii) 7 Female : 3 male for GNM program

      13. Qualifying Criteria in marks for GNM course

      Three (core elective) subject marks may be taken for calculating the percentage of marks excluding the marks in English. Also, it has to be ensured the candidate has pass marks in English.

      14. Re-Inspection {applicable  to  ANM/GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

      Re-inspection application shall be considered only two times. If the institution is found deficient even after that, then the institution shall have to submit a proposal for Suitability under Section 13 & 14 of the Act online within 5 years. However in case the proposal is submitted after 5 years it has to be a fresh proposal with due Essentiality Certificate from the State Government and recognition from the SNRC.

      15. Enhancement  of  Seats  {applicable  to  ANM/GNM/B.Sc.  (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc.  (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

      Inspection for enhancement of seats under Section 13 of the Act shall be conducted only once in an Academic Year i.e. only one application/proposal shall be accepted, in one Academic Year. Further, SNRC approval is mandatory for enhancement of seats.

      16. Vocational Certificate Courses of Bharat Sevak Samaj not recognized by the Council {applicable for ANM and GNM)

      Bharat Sevak Samaj Vocational Certificate courses in nursing programs is not recognized by the Council under Section 10 of the Act.

      17. Number   of   Sanctioned  Seats   {applicable  for  ANM/GNM/B.Sc.   (Nursing)   and   P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)}

      (i) Maximum of 60 seats will be sanctioned for ANM program.

      (ii) Maximum of 100 seats will be sanctioned for the GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing) program for which institute must have parent medical college or parent hospital having 300 beds or above subject to availability of teaching and physical facilities for both GNM and B.Sc. (Nursing) programs respectively.

      (iii) Maximum of 60 seats will be sanctioned for the GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing) program with parent hospital having less than 300 beds on the basis of teaching and physical facilities for both GNM and B.Sc. (Nursing) programs respectively.

      Note : For parent hospital having less than 300 beds and more than 100 beds only 60 seats will be sanctioned.

      (iv) Maximum of 60 seats will be sanctioned for P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing).

      18. Building  {applicable  to  ANM/GNM/B.Sc.  (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc.  (Nursing)/M.Sc.  (Nursing)  and NPCC}

      (i) School and College of Nursing can share laboratories, if they are in same campus under same name and under same Trust, that is the institution is one but offering different nursing programs. However, they should have equipments and articles proportionate to the strength of admission. The class rooms should be available as per the requirement stipulated by the Council for each program.

      (ii) Further, two same programs by the same institute/Trust is not allowed in the same campus.

      (iii) The  nursing  institution  can  have  all  the  nursing  programs  in  the  same  building  but  with availability of requisite program wise infrastructure. However, labs can be shared.

      (iv) If the Trust has some other educational programs, the nursing program shall be in separate block/floor with prescribed sq.ft. area.

      (v) Nursing  program may  be  in  hospital  premises  with  a  condition that  it  shall  be in  separate block/floor with prescribed sq.ft. area.

      (vi) Long  lease  by  the  Government  will  be  considered.  However,  rented  building  shall  not  be considered as their own building.

      (vii) It is mandatory that institution shall have its own building within two years of its establishment.

      (viii) Own Building/Lease/Rented Building

      a) If one of the Trustees of Trust/Society desires to lease the building owned by him for nursing program, it should be for a period of 30 years. It should also be ensured that lease deed that is entered into between the Trust and the Trustee, owning the building, should contain a clause that the lease deed cannot be terminated for a period of 30 years.

      Further, it is clarified that, for a nursing institution (managed by a Trust/Society), own building would be a building either owned and controlled by the Trust/Society or owned and controlled by a member of the Trust/Society. That is, if the owner of the building is a member of the Trust/Society and she/he leases the building to the Trust/Society for 30 years, it will be considered as own building of the nursing institution.

      b) A duly registered gift deed of the building in favor of the Trust/Society should be construed to be ‘own building’.

      Further it is clarified that if the lease of the building is between any government authority and the Trust/Nursing institution and the lease is for 30 years or more, it will also considered as own building.

      Any deed of the building which is not as per either clause (a) or (b) above shall be considered as ‘Rented Building’ only.

      c) In cases of irrevocable power of attorney, documents of the building should be duly registered as per law.

      d) Penalty for not having own building: Institutions which do not have their own building within two years of establishment has to pay the penalty for not having the own building. The penalty fees is Rs. 50,000 for ANM program, Rs 50,000 for GNM program and Rs. 1 Lakh for Collegiate program {i.e. B.Sc. (Nursing), P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing), M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC} for 6 consecutive years. Even after 6 years if the institution does not have own building then action shall be taken under Section 14 of the Act. However, a lease of 30 years is permissible with the Trustee of the institution.

      19. Stay of Students in Hostel {applicable to ANM/GNM/B.Sc. (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)/M.Sc. (Nursing) and NPCC}

      Minimum provision of hostel accommodation for 30% of the total students' intake is compulsory for the institution and accordingly the staff for hostel shall be provided as prescribed in the syllabi.

      20. Bond  System  {applicable  to  ANM/GNM/B.Sc.  (Nursing)/P.B.B.Sc.  (Nursing)/M.Sc.  (Nursing) and NPCC}

      Taking service bonds from students and forcefully retaining their Original Certificates is viewed as an unethical practice by the Council. If any such practice comes to the notice of the Council, appropriate action under Section 14 of the Act will be taken against the erring institution.

      21. Minimum pre-requisites {for starting P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing)}

      (i) The following Establishments/Organizations are eligible to start a P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing) program.

      a) Central Government/State Government/Local Body;

      b) Registered Private or Public Trust;

      c) Organizations registered under Societies Registration Act including Missionary Organizations;

      d) Companies incorporated under Section 8 of Company’s Act.

      (ii) An institute already offering B.Sc. (Nursing) program is eligible to start a P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing) program.

      (iii) The eligible Establishments/Organizations should obtain Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate from the concerned State Government where the P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing) program is sought to be established. The particulars of the name of the college/nursing institution along with the name of the Trust/Society [as mentioned in Trust Deed or Memorandum of Association] as also full address shall be mentioned in No Objection Certificate/Essentiality Certificate.

      (iv) After receipt of the Essentiality Certificate/No Objection Certificate, the eligible institution shall get recognition from the concerned SNRC for the P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing) program for the particular Academic Year, which is a mandatory requirement.

      (v) The Council shall after receipt of the above documents/proposal online would then conduct Statutory Inspection of the recognized training nursing institution under Section 13 of the Act in order to assess the suitability with regard to availability of Teaching Faculty, Clinical and Infrastructural Facilities in conformity with  Regulations framed under the provisions of the Act.

      *Provided that training institutions shall apply for statutory inspection, under Section 13 of the Act, to the Council within 6 months from obtaining recognition from the SNRC.

      Note: DNE & A program if being offered by any nursing institute the same need to be upgraded to P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing).

      22. Minimum pre-requisites {for starting M.Sc. (Nursing)}.............. Read more

      Source: http://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2021/225893.pdf

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