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THE INDIAN NURSING COUNCIL ACT, 1947

Title : THE INDIAN NURSING COUNCIL ACT, 1947

Year : 1947



1*[(1)] All declarations under section 10 or section 14 shall be made by resolution passed at a meeting of the Council called for the purpose, and shall forthwith be published in the Official Gazette.

2*[(2) The Central Government shall, from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette,3*amend the Schedule so as to bring it into accord with any declaration under section 10 or section 14.]

15A - 4*Indian Nurses Register

(1) The Council shall cause to be maintained in the prescribed manner a register of nurses, midwives, auxiliary nurse-midwives and health visitors to be known as the Indian Nurses Register, which shall contain the names of all persons who are for the time being enrolled on any State register.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Council to keep the Indian Nurses Register in accordance with the provisions of this Act, and from time to time, to revise the register and publish it in the Gazette of India and in, such other manner as may be prescribed.

(3) Such register shall be a deemed to be a public document within the meaning of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and may be proved by a copy published in the Gazette of India.

15B -4* Supply of copies of State registers

Each State Council shall supply to the Council twenty printed copies of the State register as soon as may be after the 1st day of April of each year and inform the Council without delay of all additions to, and other amendments in, the State register made from time to time.

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1. Section 15 was renumbered as sub-section (1) thereof by the Indian Nursing Council (Amdt.) Act, 1957 (45 of 1957), section 10 (with effect from 1-12-1958).

2. Inserted, by the Indian Nursing Council (Amdt.) Act, 1957 (45 of 1957), section 10 (with effect from 1-12-1958).

3. Certification in Public Health Nursing granted by Lady Reading Health School, Delhi, has been declared a recognised qualification under this Act

4. Sections 15-A and 15-B were inserted by the Indian Nursing Council (Amdt.) Act, 1957 (45 of 1957), Section 11 (with effect from 1-12-1958).
 
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(1) The Council may make regulations not inconsistent with this Act generally to carry out the provisions of this Act, and in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers, such regulations may provide for-

(a) The management of the property of the Council and the maintenance and audit of its accounts;

(b) The manner in which elections referred to in sub-section (2) of section 5 and in clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 8 shall be conducted;

(c) The summoning and holding of the meetings of the Council, the times and places at which such meetings shall be held, the conduct of business thereat and the number of members necessary to constitute a quorum;

(d) Prescribing the functions of the Executive Committee, the summoning and holding of meetings thereof, the times and places at which such meetings shall be held, and the number of members necessary to constitute a quorum;

(e) Prescribing the powers and duties of the President and the Vice-President;

1*[(f) Prescribing the tenure of office and the powers and duties of the Secretary and other officers and servants of the Council;

(ff) Prescribing the powers and duties of inspectors;]

(g) Prescribing the standard curricula for the training of nurses, midwives and health visitors, for training courses for teachers of nurses, midwives and health visitors, and for training in nursing administration;

(h) Prescribing the conditions for admission to courses of training as aforesaid;

(i) Prescribing the standards of examination and other requirements to be satisfied to secure for qualifications recognition under this Act;

(j) Any other matter which is to be or may be prescribed under this Act.

(2) To enable the Council to be first constituted, the President may, with the previous sanction of the Central Government, make regulations of the conduct of the elections referred to in sub-section (2) of section 5, and any regulations so made may be altered or recinded by the Council in exercise of its powers under this section.

2*[(3) Every regulation made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the regulation or both Houses agree that the regulation should not be made, the regulation shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that regulation.]

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1. Substituted for the former clause (f) by the Indian Nursing Council (Amdt.) Act (45 of 1957), section 12 (with effect from 1-12-1958).

2. Inserted by Delegated Legislation provisions (Amdt.) Act (4 of 1986), S. 2, Sch. (15-5-86).

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[Repealed by the Indian Nursing Council (Amendment) Act, 1957 (45 of 1957), section 13 (with effect from 1-12-1958).

[Note :- The amendments in the Schedule are not exhaustive and are updated on they basis of available material. Some omissions are therefore possible which may please be noted.


Schedule I

1*[THE SCHEDULE
[See sections 10 and 11]

PART-I- RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS


A. General Nursing

Certificates(including senior and junior certificates), Diplomas or Degrees in Nursing issued by any of the following authorities, namely :-

1.The Examination Board appointed by the [Government of Tamil Nadu]1*

2.The Bombay Nurses, Midwives and Health Vistors Council.

3.The Bombay Presidency Nursing Association (when issued before the 1st day of January, 1936).

4.The Bengal Nursing Council (when issued before the 15th day of August, 1947).

5.The Uttar Pradesh Medical Faculty.

6.The Uttar Pradesh Nurses and Midwives Council.

7.The State Board of Medical Examination, Uttar Pradesh (when issued before the1st day of January, 1927).

8.(a) The Punjab Nurses Registration Council (when issued before the 15th day of August, 1947 or after the 26th day of January, 1950).

(b)The East Punjab Nurses Registration Council (when issued before the 26th day of January, 1950).

9.The Bihar Medical Examination Board (when issued before the 1st day of January,1938).

10.The Bihar Nurses Registration Council.

11.The Madhya Pradesh Medical Examination Board (when issued before the 1st day of April, 1950).

12.The Assam Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Council.

13.The Orissa Medical Examination Board.

14.The Mid India (United) Board of Examiners for Nurses (when issued before the 1stday of January, 1947).

15.The Joint Missionary Board for Examination of Nurses (Marathi area) (when issued before the 1st day of January, 1934).

16.The North-India United Board of Examiners for Mission and other Hospitals (when issued before the 1st day of January, 1942)2*

17.The Examining Board of the Nurses Auxiliary of the Christian Medical Association of India (South India Branch).

18.The Sind Nurses and Midwives Council (when issued before the 15th day of August,1947).

19.The West Bengal Nursing Council.

20.The University of Delhi.

21.The University of Madras.

22.The Bengal State Medical Faculty (when issued before the 1st day of January,1942).

23.The Mid-India Board of Examiners of Nurses Auxiliary of Christian Medical Association of India.

24.The examination Board of Military Medical Services (when issued before the 18thday of August, 1955). 15. The Armed Forces Medical Services Examination Board.

26.The Madhya Pradesh State Nurses Registration Council.

27.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Mysore.

28.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Hyderabad (when issued before the 1st day of November, 1956).

29.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Andhra (when issued before the 1st day of November, 1956) or by the Government of Andhra Pradesh (when issued on or after the 1st day of November, 1956).

30.The Travancore Cochin Nurses' and Midwives' Council.

31.The Vidarbha Nurses Registration Council.

3*[32.The Orissa Nurses and Midwives Examination Board.]

4*[33.The Mahakoshal Nurses Council.

34.The Bombay Nursing Council.

35.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Kerala.]

5 [36.The Medical and Surgical School, Goa (when granted before 30-4-1966).]

6 [37.The Kerala Examination Board (Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council).

38.The Maharashtra Nursing Council (when granted on or after 15-2-1952).

39.The Gujarat Nursing Council.

40.When granted before the 31st December, 1953 by the-

(a)Travancore Government;

(b)Travancore Public Service Commission;

(c)Cochin Government;

(d)Cochin Public Service Commission;

(e)Travancore-Cochin Government;

(f)Travancore Cochin Public Service Commission.]

7*[41.The Osmania University.

42.The University of Indorse (when issued on or after 1-4-1965).]

8*[43.Examining Board of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (South India Branch) (when issued on or after 28-10-1965).

44.The Mid-India Board of Examiners of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (when granted on or after 1-1-1966).

45.The University of Bombay (when issued on or after 1-4-1964).

46.The Rajasthan Nursing Council (when issued on or after 1-4-1964).

9*[47.The Vikram University, Ujjain (when issued in the year 1964).]

10*[48.Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University, Bombay (when granted on or after the 15-4-1969).]

49.

11 [50* * * * *]

12*[51.University of Kerala, Trivandrum (when granted an or after the 21st March,1972).

52.University of Punjab Chandigarh (when granted on or after the 1st of March,1977)]

13*[53.Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, (Gujarat) (when granted on or after the 1st August, 1983).

54.Board of Nursing Education of the Nurses leagus of C.M.A.I. South Indian Branch(when granted on or after the 30th October, 1975).]

14 *[55.All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (when granted on or after the16th August, 1979).

56.University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (when granted on or after 1st January, 1968).

57.University of Calcutta, Calcutta (when granted on or after the 27th October,1978).]

15*[58.The Board of Examiners appointed by a the Government of Mysore (when granted on or after 7-11-54 to 31-10-73).

59.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Karnataka (when granted on or after the Ist November, 1973).]

16*[60.Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya Indore (when granted on or after the 26th January,1983).]

17*[61.Mahatma Gandih University, Kottayam (Kerala) (when granted on or after 3rdJanuary, 1983). 62. University of Calicut (Kerala) (when granted on or after12th April, 1982).]


B.Midwifery

Certificates,Diplomas or Degrees in Midwifery issued by any of the following authorities,namely:-

1.Any of the authorities mentioned in section A except the authority a item No. 17thereof.

2.The Punjab Central Midwives Board (when issued before the 15th day of August,1947).

3.The Mid-India (United) Board of Examiners for Midwifery (when issued before the1st day of January, 1947).

4.The National Association for supplying female medical aid to the women of India(when issued before the I st day of October, 1949).

5.The North-West Frontier Province Central Midwives Board (when issued before the15th day of August, 1947).

6.The Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust.

7.The Health Department, Madras (when issued before the 31st day of December 1952)

3*[8.The Orissa Nurses and Midwives Examination Board.]

18*[9.The Mahakoshal Nurses Council.

10.The Bombay Nursing Council.

11.Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Kerala.]

19*[12.The North India United Board of Examiners of Mission and other Hospitals (when issued before the 1st day of January, 1946).]

5*[13. The Medical and Surgical School, Goa (when granted before 30-4-1953).]

6*[14. The Kerala Examination Board/Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council.

20*[15.Maharashtra Nursing Council (when granted on or after the 15th February 1962).

16.When granted on or before the 31st December, 1953.

(a)Travancore Government;

(b)Travancore Public Service Commission;

(c)Cochin Government;

(d)Cochin Public Service Commission;

(e)Travancore-Cochin Government;

(f)Travancore-Cochin Public Service Commission.]

21*[17.The Gujarat Nursing Council.]

22*[18.The Examination Board of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (South India Branch) (when issued on or after 28-10-1965).

19.The Mid-India Board of Examiners of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (when issued on or after 1 -1 -1966).

20.The Rajasthan Nursing Council (when issued on or after 1-4-1964).]

21.

23*[22.Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar Gujarat (when granted on or after1st August, 1983).

23.Board of Nursing Education of the Nurses League of C.M.A.I. South India Branch(when granted on or after the 30th October, 1975)]

15*[24.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Mysore (when granted on or after 17-11 -54 to 31 -10-73).

25.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Karnataka (when granted or  after the 1st November, 1973)]


C.Auxiliary Nursing-Midwifery

Certificates issued by any of the following autorities, namely:-

1.Any of the authorities mentioned in section A except items Nos. 3,4, 7, 9, 11,14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25.

2.The Examination Board appointed by the Himachal Pradesh Administration.

3*[3.The Orissa Nurses and Midwives Examination Board.]

18*[4.The Mahakoshal Nursing Council.

5.The Bombay Nursing Council.

6.Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Kerala.]

6*[7.The Kerala Examination Board/Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council.

8.Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (when issued on or after the 1st January1955).

9.Maharashtra Nursing Council (when issued on or after the 15rh February 1962).

10.The Gujarat Nursing Council.]

22*[11. The Examination Board of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (South India Branch) (when issued on or after 28-10-1965).

12.The Mid-India Board of Examiners of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association of India (when issued on or after 1-1-1966).

13.The Rajasthan Nursing Council (when issued on or after 1-4-1964).]

14.

24*[15.Board of Nursing Education of the Nurses League of C.M.A.I. South India Branch(when granted on or after the 30th October, 1975.]

15*[16. The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Mysore (when grantedon or after 17-11 -54 to 31 -10- 73).

17.The Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Karnataka (when granted on or after the 1 st November, 1973).]


D.Health visitors

Health Visitors Certificates or Diplomas issued by any of the following authorities, namely :-

1.The Government Training School for Health Visitors, Madras.

2.The Sir John Anderson Health School. Calcutta.

3.The Uttar Pradesh State Medical Faculty.

4.The Uttar Pradesh Nurses and Midwives Council.

5.The Government Health School, Nagpur.

6.The Assam Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Council.

7.The Lady Reading Health School, Delhi.

8.The Bombay Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Council.

9.The Bengal Nursing Council (when issued before the 15th day of August 1947).

10.The Punjab Health School (when issued before the 15th day of August, 1947).

11.The West Bengal Nursing Council.

12.The Punjab State Medical Faculty.

13.The Bengal State Medical Faculty (when issued before the 1st day of January,1942).

14.The Bihar Nurses Registration Council

25*[15.The Mahakoshal Nursing Council.

16.The Bombay Nursing Council.

17.Board of Examiners appointed by the Government of Kerala.

18.Dr. H.C. Mukherjee Medical Health School, Singur, West Bengal.]

6*[19.Kerala Examination Board/Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council.

20.Maharashtra Nursing Council (when issued on or after the 15th February, 1962).

21.Gujarat Nursing Council.]

22 [22.The Rajasthan Nursing Council (when issued on or after 1-4-1964).]


PART II RECOGNISED HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS26

Name of the authority issuing the qualification    Qualification

1. The Examination Board appointed by the 27 *[Government of Tamil Nadu.]    1. Diploma in Nursing - Sister Tutor Course.

     2. Diploma in Nursing. Nursing Administration Course.

2. College of Nursing, New Delhi    1. Post certificate course in Public Health Nursing (when issued before 31st day of December 1953).

     2. Combined post-certificate course in Teaching and Nursing Administration (when issued before the 31st day of August, 1957).

     3. Certificate of examination in Ward Sisters Course.

     28*[4. Diploma in Nursing Administration course (when granted on or before the 30-6-1961 ).

     5. Nursing Tutors Diploma (when granted on or before the 30th June, 1966).

     6. Midwife Tutors Diploma (when granted on or before the 30th June 1966).

     7. Diploma in Nursing Administration.

     8. Nursing Tutors Diploma.

     9. Midwife Tutors Diploma.]

     Diploma in Teaching and Supervision (Sister Tutor Course.) 29* [(When granted on or before 1980);

     10. Diploma in Nursing Education and Administration.]

 3. The (Missionary) Christian Medical College, School of Nursing, Vellore. 
  
4. The School of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore.     Diploma in teaching and Supervision (Sister Tutor Course.)

30 [5 * * * * * *
 
6. The All India Institute of Mental Health, Bangalore.     Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing.

7. The All India Institute of Hygiene and Public health, Calcutta.    31 [Diploma in Public health Nursing. (When granted on or after 15th September, 1975)]

8. The Public health Department, Madras (T.N.)     Diploma in Public Health Nursing.

9. The Tuberculosis Association of India     Diploma in Tuberculosis Nursing.

32*[10. The Bombay Nursing Council.

 (a) Diploma in Paediatric Nursing,

     (b) Diploma in Public health Nursing Administration Course,

11. The Mid-India Board Graduate School for Nurses    (a) Diploma of Ward Sisters Course,

(b) Diploma of Sisters Tutor Course.

(c) Diploma in Nursing Administration Course,

(d) Diploma in Public Health Nursing.]

12 * :I: * * * *    

33*[13. University of Kerala. '

Diploma in Teaching and Administration in Nursing (when issued on or after the 1st Oct. 1961 ).

14. Uttar Pradesh Nurses and Mid-wives Council State Faculty Uttar Pradesh    Certificate in Ward Administration Course

15. Maharashtra Nursing Council.    Diploma in Public health Nursing. ]

34*[16. Maharashtra Nursing Council.

Diploma in pediatric Nursing.

17. Mysore State Board of Examiners for Nurses.    Certificate in Ward Administration.

18. University of Kerala.    B.Sc. Degree in Nursing.]

22*[19. Mid-India Board Examiners of the Nurses League of the Christian Medical Association League of India.    (1) Diploma in Ward Sisters Course.

(2) Diploma in Sister Tutors Course.

(3) Diploma in Nursing Administration Course.

(4) Diploma in Public Health Nursing (when issued on or after 1-1-1964)

20. Director of Health and Medical Services (Health), Gujaral.    Diploma in Public health Nursing (when issued on or after 18-5-1964).

21. Mysore State Board of Examination for Post Box Course in Nursing Education.    Diploma in Nursing Education (when issued on or after 1-3-1964).]

35*[22 The Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi     Ward Sisters Diploma (when issued on or after 1-7-1965).]

23. 
  
24.
   
25.
   
26. 
  
27. 
  
28. Uttar Pradesh State Medical Faculty Lucknow.    Diploma in Public Health, Nursing (when graduated on or after 1st April 1968.)

29. Director of Health Services Kerala Trivendrum.    Certificate in P.H.N. (when granted between the 1st August 1961 and 23rd October 1971 (both dates in-cluded.)

30. Kerala Nurses and Mid-wives Council Trivendrum.     P.H.N. certificate granted between 24th October 1971 to 23rd October 1972 (both dates inclusive.)

31. Bombay University, Bombay.     Post certificate B.Sc. Degree in Nursing granted on or after the 1st day of April, 1971.

32. Armed forces Medical Service Examination Board, New Delhi. .     Post certificate Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing granted on or after the 11th January, 1975.

33. The College of Nursing, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore.     Post certificate Diploma in operating Room Technique and Management granted on or after July 1967.

34. University of Poona, Poona     Post-Basic B.Sc. Degree in Nursing (when granted on or after June, 1984).

35. S.N.D.T. Women's University, Bombay    M.Sc. (Nursing) Degree (when granted on or after 24thNovember, 1978).

36. Shivaji University. Kolhapur.     Post-Basic B.Sc. Degree in Nursing (when granted on or after June, 1975.

[37 Directorate of Health Services, Madhya Pradesh     Diploma in Public Health Diploma in Nursing Education (When granted on or after 1st June, 1982). ]


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1.Substituted by the Indian Nursing Council (Amdt.) Act, 1957 (45 of 1957), S. 14(1-12-1958 and substituted for the word 'Madras' by G.S.R. 112-- See Gazette ofIndia, 1970, Pt. II, S. 3(i), Extra., p. 19.

2.Substituted for the figure ' 1940' by S.O. 349.

3.Inserted by S.O. 1446.

4.Inserted by S.O. 1557.

5.Inserted by S.O. 1152.

6.Inserted by S.O. 2682.

7.Inserted by S.O. 3042.

8.Inserted by S.O. 2106.

9.Inserted by S. O. 1628.

10.Inserted by S.O. 4509.

11.Entries 50 and 52 omitted and 51 renumbered as 50.

12.Inserted by S.O. 20/88.

13.Inserted by S.O. 2021/88.

14.Inserted by S.O. 3503/88.

15.Inserted by S.O. 3504/88.

16.Inserted by S.O. 1431/89.

17.Inserted by S.O. 1912/93.

18.Inserted by S.O. 1577,

19.Inserted by S.O. 349,

20.Inserted by S.O. 267,

21.Inserted,

22.Inserted by S.O. 2187,

23.Inserted by S.O. 2021/81

24.Inserted by S.O. 2021 /88

25.Issued by S.O. 1577,

26.Substituted for the former Schedule by the Indian Nursing Council (Amendment)Act, 1957 (XLV of 1957), section 14 (with effect from 1-12-1958).

27.Substituted for the words "Government of Madras" by G.S.R. 112 of 1970.

28.Date added against items 4, 5 and 6 corrected, items 7 to 9 inserted and items4, 5, 6 corrected by S.O. 1391,

29.Inserted by S.O. 480/88

30.Entry 5 omitted by S.O. 1703, published in Gazette of In dia, 1961, Pt. II,Section 3(ii), p. 1652.

31.Inserted by S.O. 22/88 -- Gaz. of Ind., 2-1-88, Pt. II, Section 3(ii), p. 20.

32.Inserted by S.O. 1597, published in Gazette of India, 1960, Pt. II, Section3(ii), p. 1827.

33.Inserted by S.O. 2682, published in Gaz. of India 1963, Pt. II, Section 3(ii),p. 3417.

34.Inserted by S.O. 3042, published in Gaz. of India, 1966, Pt. II, Section 3(ii),p. 2879.

35.Inserted by S.O. 1628,
 
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