Hyderabad: The five government-run nursing colleges do not allow male students to apply for B.Sc and M.Sc Nursing courses.There is no rule barring men in the Indian Nursing Council eligibility criteria or in the recently released prospectus of admissions into B.Sc Nursing by Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences.
There is a demand for male nurses in hospitals and from individuals for taking care of male patients. There are however no male nurses employed in government hospitals.
As of now, male students can pursue only a diploma in general nursing and midwifery in the government-run nursing schools but are not allowed to pursue the two-year PG diploma course.
A male student studying in the government nursing school at Gandhi hospital says, “Not every student can pay lakhs of rupees in fees in private colleges.
“It is gender discrimination that men are not allowed to pursue BSc and MSc Nursing in government colleges which opens up career opportunities not just in India but also abroad.”
When contacted, director of medical education Dr M. Ramani said, “We have proposed allowing male candidates and the file regarding this is under process.”