The first FDI nursing institute in health sector inaugurated

Apollo Bhutan institute of Nursing (ABIN), a new nursing institute, was formally inaugurated on 18th July, 2019 by the health minister Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo in presence of the Foreign Minister, Chief Justice, the Vice Chairperson of the Apollo group of hospitals, and dignitaries from various agencies.

The institute is the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Apollo Group, India.

The ABIN is established on the basis of its mission to establish a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for nursing education at the International level through quality approach, professional development and research.

Considering the ever increasing human burden of illness (Physical, Mental and Social) and other public health issues (Non- communicable Diseases, Old age, Disability) which places an even greater demand for skilled nurses worldwide, the Institute stand by its vision to provide the best nursing education that combines continuous quality improvement, current technology and cost effectiveness.

The institute commits to offer quality training and education to produce internationally competent nurses at a very affordable cost with 100 percent guaranteed employment on the successful completion of the course at Apollo Hospitals worldwide.

The CEO of Apollo Bhutan Institute of Nursing, Khendum Dorji said ABIN is 100 percent guaranteed employment in Apollo hospitals worldwide. The reason ABIN has looked for an employment guarantee is because a lot of students pay a lot of money and go to colleges in India and in Bhutan with no job guaranteed at the end. And since unemployment is such a big issue, ABIN wants to enter into an arrangement whereby the students are automatically hired.

In the health sector, it is the first FDI, Indian joint venture outside of hospitality. The Institute says it has an excellent infrastructure, labs, classroom, equipment, Technology and Human Resource which aims to prepare nurses academically, practically and clinically by International standards.

The institute is provisionally affiliated to Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) and regulated by the Bhutan Medical and Health Council (BHMC).

The institute offers three years diploma course in general nursing and midwifery which will cost a nursing student between around Nu 75000 inclusive of tuition fee, lab and clinical fees and bus services.

ABIN is situated at Chamjeykha, Kabesa in Thimphu.

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