Wednesday, 25 September 2013

CTA in talks with Indian govt on work permit of Tibetan nurses

Sikyong Dr Lobsang SangayDHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today said the Central Tibetan Administration is making efforts to resolve the problems faced by Tibetan nurses in view of the recent circular issued by Indian Nursing Council  (INC).
The circular, which stated that nurses of foreign nationalities cannot practice in India, he said, clarifying that there has been a misunderstanding. 
The original INC circular states that “Foreign nationals (including Nepali, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese and Tibetan Refugees) 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.”
Sikyong Dr Sangay clarified that the circular says foreign nationals having valid certificates from countries other than India are barred from working. But, Tibetans having studied and earned certificates from institutions in India, are not barred from practising in India, he said.
After the circular was issued, four Tibetan nurses had approached the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in New Delhi. On the same day, Representative Mr Tempa Tsering went to the external affairs ministry to reconsider the decision of INC if possible or issue an advisory regarding Tibetans. The ministry then issued letters to the four nurses, stating that Tibetan refugees should be given special consideration.
But the Indian Nursing Council has said it would not change its decision.
Sikyong said the Indian government plans to hold an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the over all employment opportunities for Tibetans. He expressed hope for a positive outcome from the meeting.

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