Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved the increase in nursing education fees starting in the 2020-21 academic session.
It is proposed to increase the training costs in nursing and auxiliary midwifery (ANM) from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per year in government institutions and from Rs 14,375 to Rs 18,000 per year in private institutions . There would be no increase in fees for the BSc Nursing (Basic) and BSc Nursing (Post Basic) courses, which are Rs 40,000 per year in government institutions. However, in private establishments, it is proposed to go from Rs 40,250 to Rs 50,000 per year.
There is no increase in the cost of Masters of Nursing courses in government institutions, which are Rs 1 lakh per year, and in private institutions where they amount to Rs 1.75 lakh.
The fee increase, however, will only apply prospectively to new students joining the 2020-21 semester. All currently enrolled students will continue to pay at the old rates for the full course.
The decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, to strengthen medical education and infrastructure within government and private medical schools, according to a statement.
A spokesperson said the hike was in accordance with the recommendations of a committee formed under the auspices of the principal secretary of the Department of Medical Education in accordance with the 2017 orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The spokesperson said that the committee, after detailed deliberations and taking into account the structure of fees in other states, as well as the increase in overall spending, unanimously recommended that the fees for institutions governments are set at a lower level than that of private institutions. The GNM course fees are not expected to be revised as the course is expected to be stopped by the Indian Council of Nursing from 2021, the committee recommended.
In line with the committee’s recommendations, the cabinet also approved a five percent annual fee increase for government and private institutions for five years for subsequent batches, with review after five years.
THE GMC WILL BE NAMED AFTER GURU NANAK, UDHAM SINGH
The Cabinet also agreed to rename the Government Medical College, Kapurthala, to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji State Institute of Medical Sciences and Government Medical College, and that of Hoshiarpur to Shaheed Udham Singh State Institute of Medical Sciences. The Department of Medical Education and Research was of the opinion that these future institutes of medical sciences should be created as corporations for better management, as the existing GMCs of Patiala and Amritsar had faced challenges. many operational challenges due to fiscal stress facing state government.
8393 PRE-ELEMENTARY TEACHING POSITIONS
The Cabinet also approved the filling of 8,393 pre-primary teaching posts. Age flexibility and special credit would be given to experienced volunteers who work in the education department. The Council of Ministers also gave the green light to departmental service rules for pre-primary teachers.
Although the total need for pre-primary teachers stands at 12,000, the budget situation has prevented the finance ministry from approving full recruitment, the chief minister said.
The annual financial implications involved in the first three years, until these 8,393 teachers are on probation, would be Rs 103.73 crore, while the annual financial implications would be Rs 374.20 crore once. probation completed.
OLDER AGE OF RELAXED SIKHIYA SUPPLIERS
The Cabinet also approved the Education Department’s proposal to relax the upper age limit for volunteers, such as Sikhiya providers / education providers / education volunteers, EGS volunteers, AIE volunteers. and special training resources (STR) volunteers, when recruiting ETT teachers or pre-primary teachers. In addition, special credit may be granted in the selection process to these volunteers at the rate of 1 point per year with a maximum of 10 points.
DISINVESTISSEMENT OF PACL
The Cabinet also authorized the divestment of 33.49% of the shares of Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Limited (PACL), owned by the government of Punjab through the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC). Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said the state would get Rs 42 million from him.