The Delta School of Nursing: Bioethical nursing education for the Dalit (‘untouchables’) of Tamil-Nadu, India Academic Article uri icon


  • Too much bioethics, nowadays, is devoted to the sophisticated questions that arise in the highly technological context of medicine and nursing in the rich and developed countries of the world. We do not give enough attention to the problems of the world's medically deprived majority. Perhaps this explains why the nursing school closest to our heart is the Delta School of Nursing, at the Delta Centre, Kadalure, Tamil-Nadu, India. It is a nursing school set up for Dalit ('untouchable') women from the villages who–in spite of terrible poverty, caste discrimination and outright persecution–have succeeded in obtaining a high-school education and are now learning to be nurses in a curriculum that follows the standards of the Indian Nursing Council. They are extremely poor and, although they are moving forward with great enthusiasm, both on the part of the students and on the part of the Principal and …

publication date

  • January 1, 2002