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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 9:

In a bid to restrict the private colleges and deemed universities from monopoly business, Odisha government has decided to take over the counselling for admission into all the medical colleges from current academic session.

With the move, the government’s Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) will conduct the counselling for admission into the medical colleges in Odisha.

The move came following the directive by Medical Council of India (MCI) to bring transparency in the admission process in the medical colleges in the state.

“The state government will do the counselling for the medical colleges and deemed universities. The new guideline will be followed from the current academic session”, said Health Additional Secretary Surjit Das.

According to reports, the DMET will follow the guideline for PG courses. The government will conduct counselling for filling 50% seats of the medical colleges. The counselling will be conducted on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2017 All India Merit List. Even the DMET will decide the course fee putting restriction on the private medical colleges from hiking the fee.

“Earlier, the counselling was conducted both for private and government medical colleges. But this year, the government will do the counselling for the PG admission into medical colleges and deemed universities. The government is planning to follow the same not only for the PG courses but also for admission into MBBS and BDS courses in Odisha”, said DMET Joint Director Umakant Satpathy.