Centre of excellence for nursing to come up in city

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VADODARA: The first ever centre of excellence for nursing will come up in the city. The foundation stone for the college of nursing that will also serve as the centre of excellence was laid in the city on Saturday.

The nursing college will come up at the Vaccine Institute land on Old Padra Road. The institute is being built at a cost of Rs 40 crore. The state government plans to develop it as a state-of-the-art facility to cater to the future needs in nursing that is expected to become more and more special.

State health minister Jay Narayan Vyas said the nursing institute would provide BSc, MSc and PhD courses. “Nursing is an emerging profession that has bright prospects in the future. According to the Planning Commission, the country will need 12.5 lakh nursing professionals by 2025,” Vyas said.

Vyas said the centre will emphasise on specialized nursing courses. “Like medicine, we will need specialized nursing professionals for oncology, neurology, cardiology and infectious diseases,” he added.

Vyas said the institute would be amongst the best in the country . The nursing institute at SSG Hospital will eventually be merged into the new centre. The existing nursing institute is the oldest in the state and had come up in 1926 during the reign of the visionary Maharaja Sayajirao III. Vyas said the infrastructure at the new institute would be sufficient for 150 students. At its beginning, it will cater to 60 graduate students, 30 post-graduate and PhD students depending on the registrations made.

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