The State Government has invited Expression of Interest for opening four GNM School at Rohru in Shimla district and Sarkaghat, Mandi and Sundernagar in Mandi district besides three B.Sc Nursing Colleges at Chamba, Jogindernagar and Mandi in private sector.

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

Two ANM Schools with annual intake capacity of 30 seats each have been made functional from the academic session 2013-14 at Shahpur and Nurpur in private sector.

The Health Department’s spokesman said that 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.

An M.Sc Nursing College has also 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 the private sector, 30 students of Post Basic B.Sc Nursing are undergoing training in Sister Nivedita College of Nursing, Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla.

The State Government was considering granting 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.