Baru Sahib, October 5th 2013 – An international conference on “Innovative trends in community health nursing” commenced today at AKAL college of nursing , Eternal University, Baru Sahib. The two day conference is being held on October 5th & 6th, 2013. Eternal University is located in a 450 acre campus, 110 km from Shimla in the Himalayas at Baru Sahib. Besides the University, the Baru Sahib campus has an international Akal Academy, multi-specialty charitable Hospital and Gurudwara. A Research driven model has been adopted to achieve excellence in various fields including Bio Technology, Public health, Applied Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Renewable Energy.

3rd International Conference on “Innovative Trends in Community Health Nursing” The Akal College of Nursing established in 2008, is the first Nursing College in the state. The College strives to provide scientific education for achieving the highest level of professional competence as per the needs of modern hospitals and Nursing Education all over the world. The college also strives hard to blend modern scientific education with the spiritual rejuvenation of the human mind thus creating angels of healing (spiritual Nursing). Akal College of Nursing Baru sahib has a collaborative relationship with Drexel University Philadelphia, USA. The faculty visits and teaches three times in a year.

The theme of the conference is Innovative Trends in Community Health Nursing and the sub themes are Community health nursing in context of Globalization, Innovative Community Health Nursing and Research, Partnership to expand community based initiatives and Significant challenges and issues in Community Health Nursing. This theme was selected because of the impact it can have on Public Health programme and to reduce inequalities in health while ensuring the best health for the greatest numbers.

The chief guest of the conference was Ms Meera Mohanty (IAS), Director of town and country planning . Eminent Indian Nursing Professionals like Dr. Inderjit Walia, Dr. Satwant Baltej and Dr Sandhya Ghai and the international dignitaries Dr. Jill Derstine, Professor, Drexel University, USA and her team of legends in Nursing Dr. Mary Lou Mchugh, Prof. Sandra Friedman, Dr. Donna Sabella and Dr. Mimie Avance are the main participants who would be giving their contributions to this 3rd international conference. More than 300 enthusiastic delegates are participating in professional deliberation from various parts of India including Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, DMC Ludhiana, PGI Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Patiala in Punjab and New Delhi. Honorable Baba Iqbal Singh ji, President, Kalgidhar Trust who is also the chancellor of Eternal University will be blessing the conference with his esteemed presence.

The conference started with the recitation of Divine hymns on Indian classical stringed music by students of Akal College of Divine Music and spirituality Baru Sahib. Later the chief guest Ms Meera Mohanty (IAS) along with Dr. Inderjit Walia, Dr. Satwant Baltej and the visiting international faculty dignitary Dr. Jill Derstine lit the lamp. Ms Mohanty in her inaugural speech stressed on the need to work for the community which is prime. Dr Davinder Singh, Secreatry Kalgidhar Trust gave a glimpse of mission and vision of the Trust. Dr Neelam Kaur , Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Eternal University gave a welcome speech. Ms Shanti Chouhan, Registrar HPNRC, spoke on the role of community Health Nursing in the present society. She stressed that adaption of community and continuous awareness by approaching the same would definitely bring about awareness and change as regards to health consciousness. The keynote address was given by Dr Jill Derstine , clinical professor , Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA and Dr mala, Professor and dean of Manipal College of Nursing Bangalore. After tea break the conference went into Plenary session i.e. Community Health Nursing in context of Globalisation and free paper presentation (concurrently).

The other topics to be deliberated are Need for Community Health improvement by Dr. Sushma K. 1. Saini (Lecturer, NINE, PGIMER, Chandigarh)

Promoting utilization of Community resources by Dr. Jane (Drexel University)

Socio-economic disparities across the globe by Dr. Rekha Ogle (Principal, Sinhagad College of Nursing, Pune)

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(Dr. Neelam Kaur)
Dean Faculty of Health Sciences
Eternal University Baru Sahib