The UP State Medical Faculty has now decided to carry out annual evaluation of nursing and paramedical institutes as part of ‘Mission Niramayah’, which has been launched by the Yogi Adityanath government to improve Uttar Pradesh's health infrastructure and prepare more workforce for the future.
As per the plan, the selected institutes will be evaluated on their teaching, pedagogy, availability of infrastructure and behavioural skills of the students. The assessment will be done by an independent agency, and the responsibility for this task has been entrusted to the Quality Council of India (QCI).
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had launched Mission Niramayah on October 22 to further strengthen the medical sector and increase the capacity of health workers. Through this mission, various efforts are being made to work together with nursing and paramedical institutions to improve the quality of medical education.
The QCI has already developed a comprehensive online self-assessment form in collaboration with technical partners of medical education. This form will be filled and submitted online by all the institutes, after which the QCI team will physically assess all the institutes across the state and on the basis of it the final rating will be declared by the end of first quarter of 2023.
Principal Secretary (Medical Education) Alok Kumar said that this was one of the many initial and very important steps taken towards establishing Uttar Pradesh as a hub of healthcare manpower under ‘Mission Niramayah’.
“On the one hand, prospective nursing and paramedical students can choose a quality institute with the help of the ratings of the institutions. Additionally, it will aid in identifying the areas where these institutions need to strengthen,” Kumar added.
According to Kumar, in order to improve the standard of institutes throughout the state, the institutes that are doing below average would be mentored by the institutes performing better. “Any institution that wants to re-evaluate itself once rectification is made may do so whenever it wants for a maximum of three years at its own expense.”
Special Secretary (Medical Education) Durga Shakti Nagpal said that this step would go a long way in creating an institutional framework for continuous quality improvement among nursing and paramedical institutions.
“We will continue our initiatives and efforts under Mission Niramayah to create such an environment and system where these institutions will be able to improve as well as raise their standards. The complete process of rating is registered in the form of rating guidelines which can be downloaded from the official website of the UP Medical Faculty,” she remarked.