The Union Cabinet today approved increasing the age of superannuation from 60 years to 65 years for the nursing teaching faculty with M.Sc. in Nursing in Central Government nursing institutions, subject to the condition that these nurses would continue to function as faculty members after the age of 60 years.
The decision would help prevention of exodus and retention of the teachers in the Central Government Nursing Institutions thereby providing quality health care facilities.
There is acute shortage of nursing teachers with post-graduate degree in nursing. A large number of posts of teachers with M.Sc. (Nursing) are lying vacant in the Central government Nursing Institutions. As an immediate step to check further depletion in the availability of faculty, the Union Cabinet today approved to enhance the age of superannuation from existing 60 years to 65 years.
The National Commission on Macroeconomics of Health has estimated a wide gap in demand and supply of nurses in near future. The Commission have recommended opening of new nursing colleges and schools as also upgradation of existing schools/colleges. To meet this growing demand of nurses, Eleventh Five Year Plan envisages opening of new nursing colleges.