Indian Nursing Council Equivalency procedure to study and practice nursing in India

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India is receiving students from different countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh,Tibet etc for undertaking their nursing courses like BSC and GNM nursing in India. Like wise many of the Indian students are going abroad to do their graduate or post graduate degree in nursing in countries like Australia, U.K, Canada etc. In both these cases the candidates needs to get an equivalency certificate either to study or work in India. 

Equivalency for  Indian Nationals 

  1. Indian Nationals who are registered Nurse and Midwife in India and has acquired foreign degree shall obtain Equivalency from Indian Nursing Council, before registering their additional qualification in the respective State Nursing and Midwifery Registration Council.
  2. Indian nationals who after their senior secondary (10+2) have obtained their basic and higher nursing qualification outside India shall submit detailed copies of credentials, transcript issued by University in English language where they obtained their qualification to Indian Nursing Council, along with application stating purpose of equivalency.
  3. These nurses can only be registered in any SNRC ( state nursing registration council) in India after getting equivalency from Indian Nursing council.
  4. For admission to GNM & B.Sc. (N) the entry qualification equivalency i.e., 12th standard will be obtained by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi. Institution, State Nursing Council & University will be responsible to ensure that the qualification and eligibility will be equivalent to what has been prescribed by Indian Nursing Council. 
  5. All the relevant record of such students shall be maintained in the institution, University/Board and also in State Nursing Council. Principal of the Institution is responsible to follow the guidelines before admission otherwise, Principal will be held responsible. 

Indian citizens possessing foreign nursing qualification are examined individually. Other than that they will check the syllabi and get a conformation from concerned foreign authorities.  Nurses are granted approval for registration in India with the recommendation of equivalence committee. The foreign National possessing foreign qualification can also work in charitable institutions for a limited period with the approval of President of INC. Their transfer are evaluated/examined by the equivalence Committee Members and if they are found at par, temporary permission is granted for employment in Charitable Institutions.

Procedure for obtaining equivalency from Indian nursing Council ( INC )

The procedure involved for equivalency of foreign nursing qualification is as follows
  1. A transcript copy has to be filled by the concerned University/Board from where the candidate has qualified his/her training.
  2. After receiving the transcript it is placed before the Equivalency Committee.
  3. The decision of the Equivalency Committee is communicated to the candidate.
  4. A Demand Draft of 1000/- in favour of Secretary, Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi towards equivalence fee is required to be submitted by the candidate.
  5. It is important that the transcript copy should clearly indicate that one credit of theory and one credit of Practical is equal to how many hours.Procedure for obtaining equivalency from Indian nursing Council ( INC )
The duly filled transcript copy will be placed before the equivalency committee meeting, the recommendation with regard to equivalency status there after will be informed to the concerned candidates.

  Equivalency for admitting Foreign Nationals in Nursing Course

  1. Foreign nationals (including Nepali, Bangladeshi, Bhutani and Tibetan Refugee) having valid certificate of Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife in their own Country as on date of admission; they can be admitted for higher nursing education in India. However, they will not be registered to practice in India. Even no temporary registration will be provided to them during their study period or upon completion under any circumstances, what so ever. 
  2. Foreign nationals (including Nepali, Bangladeshi, Bhutan and Tibetan Refugee) having certificate of Registered Nurse only in their own Country, can be admitted to P.B.B.Sc.(N) programme & M.Sc. (N) except for OBG specialty. 
  3. For admission to GNM & B.Sc. (N) the entry qualification equivalency i.e., 12th standard will be obtained by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi. Institution, State Nursing Council & University will be responsible to ensure that the qualification and eligibility will be equivalent to what has been prescribed by Indian Nursing Council. 
  4. The responsibility of obtaining requisite documents lies with the institution/University/Council. Any irregularity in admission procedure coming to the notice will be replied by the Institution/University/Council. 

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