The General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) schools would be opened in Shimla and Mandi districts, while the B.Sc nursing colleges would be opened at Chamba, Jogindernagar and Mandi in private sector, a Health Department spokesperson said on Monday.

The schools will come up at Rohru in Shimla district and Sarkaghat, Mandi and Sundernagar in Mandi district, he added.

The state government has directed SDM-level committees to carry out inspection of these locations in term of physical infrastructure, manpower and equipment as per the norms laid down by the Indian Nursing Council (INC).

He said two Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) schools with annual intake capacity of 30 seats each have been made functional at Shahpur and Nurpur in private sector.

The INC has permitted opening of one more B.Sc nursing college at Shahpur with an annual intake capacity of 40 seats from the academic session 2014-15, he added.

He further said that one M.Sc nursing college has been permitted at Baru Sahib in Sirmour district by the INC with annual intake capacity of 20 seats, in which classes would start from the academic session 2014-15.

In addition to this, the spokesperson said 30 students who have passed out B.Sc Nursing are undergoing training at Sister Nivedita College of Nursing of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

The state government was considering to grant permission for opening up five B.Sc Nursing Colleges, one Post B.Sc Nursing College and two GNM Schools from the academic session 2014-15, he said.

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