A Nursing Education Authority will be set up within 15 days to ensure transparency in diploma courses, Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil said. He was speaking at the launch of Karnataka Medical Directory in Bangalore on Tuesday.
The Minister said the body is being constituted in the wake of the protest staged by nursing students of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, alleging lack of transparency in nurse education.
Management representatives of a number of nursing, paramedical schools and colleges have been staging protest on the premises of Karnataka State Diploma in Nursing Examinations Board against the recent changes in pass percentage and allotment of exam centres.
Members of the Karnataka State Association of the Management of Nursing and Allied Health Science Institutions pointed out that the Authority can be free of government high-handedness if people from the nursing field are given higher posts.
Karnataka Medical Directory, designed by Excel Consultants, listing details of 25,000 doctors across the state, including their names, contact numbers, specialisations, institutions where they work and their achievements has been launched by the Minister. The directory is launched with the intention of helping patients to choose the medical professionals.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Geetha Nyamagoudar said: “the directory will boost medical tourism as it makes the process of choosing the right specialists a lot easier.”
Director of Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Vijayakumar Gogi was present.