Act Objective: An Act to constitute an Indian Nursing Council.. WHERE AS it is expedient to constitute an Indian Nursing Council in order to establish a uniform standard of training for nurses, midwives and health visitors; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
ACT YEAR: 1947-48
Section Text:
1. Short title, extent and commencement.
(1) This Act may be called the Indian Nursing Council Act,1947.
(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Interpretation. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a)”the Council ” means the 3[Council] constituted under this Act
(b)” prescribed means prescribed by regulations made under section 16
(c)” State Council” means a Council (by whatever name called) constituted under the law of a State to regulate the registration of nurses, midwives or health visitors in the State ;
(d) “State register” means a register of nurses, midwives or health visitors maintained under the law of a State.
3. Constitution and composition of the Council.
1 The Central Government shall as soon as may be constitute a Council consisting of the following members, namely:-
(a) one nurse enrolled in a State register elected by each State Council.
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1) The Act has been extended to Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Reg. 6 of 1963, s. 2 and Sch. I;Pondicherry by Reg. 7 of 1963, s. 3 and Sch. I, and Goa, Daman and Diu by Reg. 11 of 1963, s. 3 and Sch.
2) Subs. by Act 45 of 1957, s. 2, for the former sub-section (w.e.f. 1-12-1958).
3) Subs. by s. 3, ibid., for “Indian Council of Nursing” (w.e.f. 1-12-1958).
4) Cl. (e) omitted by s. 3, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-12-1958).
(b) two members elected from among themselves by the heads of institutions recognized by the Council for the purpose of this clause in which training is given

(i)for obtaining a University degree in nursing; or (ii) in respect of a post-certificate course in the teaching of nursing and in nursing administration;]
(c) one member elected from among themselves by the heads of institutions in which health visitors are trained;
(d) one member elected by the Medical Council of India
(e) one member elected by the Central Council of the Indian Medical Association
(f) one member elected by the Council of the Trained Nurses Association of India ;
(g) one midwife or auxiliary nurse-midwife enrolled in a State register, elected by each of the State Councils in the four groups of States mentioned below, each group of States being taken in rotation in the following order, namely: –
(i) Kerala, Madhya Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh and Haryana],
(ii)Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Rajasthan,
(iii)Karnataka, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal,
(iv) Assam, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu and Orissa
(h) the Director General of Health Services, exofficio;
(i) the Chief Principal Matron, Medical Directorate, General Headquarters, ex officio ;
(j) the Chief Nursing Superintendent, office of the Director-General of Health Services, ex officio;
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1. Subs. by Act 45 of 1957, s. 4, for the original clause (w.e.f. 1-12-1958).
2. Subs. by the Punjab Reorganisation and Delhi High Court (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1968, for “and Uttar Pradesh” (w.e.f. 1-11-1966).
3. Subs. by the Bombay Reorganisation (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1961, for “Bombay” (w.e.f. 1-5-1960).
4. Subs. by the Mysore State (Alteration of Name) (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1974, for “Mysore” (w.e.f. 1-11-1973).
5. Ins. by the State of Himachal Pradesh (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1973 (w.e.f. 25-1-1971).
6. Subs. by the Bombay Reorganisation (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1961, for “Madras and Orissa” (w.e.f. 1-5-1960).
7. Subs. by the Madras State (Alteration of Name) (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1970, for “Madras” (w.e.f. 14-1-1969).
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(k) the Director of Maternity and Child Welfare, Indian Red Cross Society, ex officio;
(l) the Chief Administrative Medical Officer (by whatever name called) of each State other than a Union territory, ex Officio;]
(m) the Superintendent of Nursing Services (by whatever name called), ex officio, from each of the States in the two groups mentioned below, each group of States being taken in rotation in the following order, namely :-
(i) Andhra Pradesh, Assam, 2[Maharashtra], Madhya Pradesh, 3[Tamil Nadu], Uttar Pradesh, 4[WestBengal and Haryana] ;
(ii) Bihar, 5[Gujrat] 6[Himachal Pradesh] Kerala,7[Karnataka], Orissa, Punjab and Rajasthan];
(n) four members nominated by the Central Government, of whom at least two shall be nurses, midwives or health visitors enrolled in a State register and one shall be an experienced educationalist
(o) three members elected by Parliament, two by the House of the People from among its members and the other by the Council of States from among its members.
(2) The President of the Council shall be elected by the members of the Council from among themselves:
Provided that for five years from the first constitution of the Council the President shall be a person nominated from amongst the members of the Council by the Central Government, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government.
(3) No act done by the Council shall be questioned on the ground merely of the
existence of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Council.
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1. Subs. by Act 45 of 1957, s. 4, for the former clause (w.e.f. 1-12-1958).
2. Subs. by the Bombay Reorganisation (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1961, for “Bombay” (w.e.f. 1-5-1960).
3. Subs. by the Madras State (Alteration of Name) (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order. 1970, for “Madras ” (w.e.f. 14-1-1969).

4. Subs. by the Punjab Reorganisation and Delhi High Court (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1968, for “and West Bengal” (w.e.f.1-11-1966).
5. Ins. by the Bombay Reorganisation (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1961 (w.e.f. 1-5-1960).
6. Ins. by the State of Himachal Pradesh (Adaptation of Laws on Union ubjects) Order, 1973 (w.e.f. 25-1-1971).
7. Subs. by the Mysore State (Alteration of Name) (Adaptation of Laws on Union Subjects) Order, 1974, for “Mysore” (w.e.f. 1-11-1973).

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