Indian Nursing Council,
Date: September 17th, 2013
Subject: Application with regard to Indian Nursing Council’s letter dated 25th March, 2013
Tibetan Women’s Association is writing this letter with regard to Indian Nursing Council’s letter dated 25th March, 2013 titled ‘Equivalency – Foreign Nationals’ having resolved that foreign nationals including Nepali, Bangladesh, Bhutani and Tibetan refugees are not entitled to practice as registered nurse in India, even for temporary period.
We appeal to the Indian Nursing Council to kindly reconsider and reassess the resolution passed as per the letter dated 25th March, 2013 for two important reasons.
1) We would like to bring to your kind attention that Tibetans living in India though legally termed as ‘Foreigners’, it is very clear that Tibetans in India are born and brought up here, studied in India and will work and contribute to the Indian economy in one or another sector. So including Tibetan in sub-clause a) and b) under the heading Foreign Nationals of the Indian Nursing Council’s letter dated 25th March, 2013 does not stand right to us. The other nationals named have secondary option to practice in their respective country as the rightful citizens of their states. But the Tibetans have nowhere to go and practice, except for India, who hosted us since 1959.
2) Tibetans have been fortunate enough to get education in India and over the last decade, Tibetans opting for Nurse as a career is enormous. Baring registration of Tibetans as nurses to practice in India would mean unemployment to a huge section of the Tibetan community; their career and livelihood being shelved and shattered. After so many years of education, spending whole lot of hard earned money for the studies, everyone would want to be able to work and practice what they rightfully studied.
Tibetan Women’s Association, Central Executive Committee joined by its 16,000 members in 56 regional chapters across the world, would like to request the esteemed council to kindly reconsider and reassess sub-clause a) and b) under the heading Foreign Nationals of the Indian Nursing Council’s letter dated 25th March, 2013.
We remain confident that the Council will reconsider the clauses and accordingly surface ways for Tibetans nurses to register and practice in India.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Tashi Dolma (Mrs.)
Tibetan Women’s Association