In response to a plea challenging rules permitting only female applicants to apply for admission to B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing courses provided by AIIMS, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, and Delhi University, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the position of the Center and the city administration.
The Indian Professional Nurses Association filed a public interest lawsuit. Acting Chief Justice Mamohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna’s bench served as notice’s signatories, requesting that the governments, the institutions, and the Indian Nursing Council submit their responses within four weeks.
Speaking on behalf of the petitioner, attorney Robin Raju said that the appeal contested the country’s gender-based eligibility policy and that applicants of all genders ought to be allowed to enroll in the course given the scarcity of nurses in the nation.
“Moving the instant petition to highlight the concern that even today male and third gender candidates are facing discrimination in the admission process laid out by nursing colleges that are affiliated with respondents,” the plea stated. The petitioner is a non-governmental registered body that works for the welfare of nurses across India.
According to the petition, it is arbitrary and goes against the values of democracy, justice, and equality to exclude people of both genders from enrolling in Delhi’s top-tier, reasonably priced nursing institutes’ B.Sc. (H) nursing programs.
The categorization established only grants female applicants admission to a certain B.Sc. (H) Nursing program based on a regulation that disregards the realities of the modern world. The petition said that as the regulation entirely ignores the reality that there is a shortage of nursing professionals in the nation, preventing non-female applicants from being admitted to the B.Sc. (H) Nursing program is also against the interests of the general public.
The next hearing on the subject would be on February 19.