India to face shortage of over 9 lakh nurses: Planning Commission report

New Delhi/May 8
India is likely to face acute shortage of trained nurses in government facilities while overall there will a demand of around 9.55 lakh nurses by 2012 in the country, Indian Planning Commission’s National Taskforce report reveals.
As per the Planning Commission report, “There would be a gap of 9.55 lakhs nurses by 2012 of which 2 to 3 lakhs would be in the Government facilities alone.”
The report further states that 14,06,006 nurses have registered so far in India out of which 24,964 nurses have been registered with the North Eastern State Nursing Council.
“There is no proposal to establish new Nursing Training Colleges in the country including North Eastern States. However, Government has sanctioned 16 Auxiliary Nurse Mid-wife Schools and 22 General Nurse Mid-wife Schools in North Eastern States,” India’s Health and Family Welfare minister Gulab Nabi Azad informed Rajya Sabha here today.
Azad said that the country is also facing a shortage of MSc (Nursing) qualified teaching faculty in the country and the government has increased teacher-student ratio in MSc Nursing program from 1 teacher per 5 students to 1 teacher per 10 students.
“Further, the age limit for teaching faculty of nursing has been increased upto 70 years and Indian government has decided to allow super specialty hospitals to start MSc (Nursing) course without having under graduate program,” Azad added.