The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central and Delhi government on a plea challenging exclusion of men from admission to nursing courses at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi University (DU) and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IP University)..The Rules framed by these institutions allow only female candidates to apply for the BSc nursing courses. The plea filed by Indian Professional Nursing Association (IPNA) said that the notion that men do not possess the attributes to be a nurse, is regressive. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna heard the matter and ordered the AIIMS, IP University and DU to respond to the plea.The petition will be considered next on February 19, 2024..In its plea, IPNA argued that the nursing profession has evolved with time and it is no longer perceived to be one which is exclusively meant for women.“In India also it is being seen that the traditional female dominance in the care economy is slowly eroding with male nurses gaining acceptance in private hospitals across the country. The notions that men will not be able to manage demands of the nursing profession nor do they possess the attributes to excel in the profession are now being considered as regressive,” the plea said.The petitioner argued that denying genders other than females the opportunity to study nursing in premiere and affordable colleges of Delhi is arbitrary and contrary to the principles of fairness, democracy, and equality.“Further, continuing with the practice of considering only female candidates eligible for admission to B.Sc.(H) Nursing course is manifestly arbitrary and does not meet the standard of reasonable nexus to object sought to be achieved and reasonable classification based on intelligible differentia imposed by Article 14.”.The petition was filed through advocates Robin Raju and Aanchal Bumb.