Dr. Raj Bahadur, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), says that vacant seats in the College of Nursing are not new. Regarding the huge number of vacant seats in the College of Nursing, Dr. Bahadur gave the reason that many students in Punjab are leaning towards foreign education which has resulted in insufficient number of students opting for nursing education in the state.
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In addition, students from neighboring states including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir who used to come here for their education are now finding alternatives in their states. “The availability of colleges in other states has also led to a decline in the number of students in our colleges,” Dr Bahadur added.
Too much supply
A former principal, speaking on condition of anonymity, said admissions to nursing colleges were declining. The former principal said, “The primary reason for any recipient for a nursing course is that a large number of colleges offer nursing courses which results in shortage of students,” said the former principal.
“Also, the mushrooming of colleges has degraded the quality of education which may be another reason for almost no acceptance,” the principal added. Another reason for having almost no recipients for nursing courses may be limited job opportunities.
On the other hand, Dr. Bahadur says students are getting good opportunities in both public and private sectors. “With the development of health infrastructure, students are being placed in various healthcare institutions,” he added.
Regarding the shortage of candidates and its impact on closure of institutions, Dr. Bahadur advised these colleges to introduce other professional courses. “They have invested heavily in infrastructure development. It should not be wasted. Doing other courses will help them float and retain their employees, ”said Dr. Bahadur. In view of the shortage of candidates, BFUHS NEET may encourage eligible candidates to apply for admission to their college.
Increased demand in other colleges
The School of Health Sciences (SOHS), IGNOU which offers various undergraduate, postgraduate, advanced diploma and diploma courses for working or experienced professionals is getting overwhelming response. “SOHS has about 700 seats to offer for which we have received 10000-20000 applications. Candidates are shortlisted based on their performance in a written test followed by counseling, ”said Pity Koul, Director, SOHS.
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