Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 9:
The Orissa High Court in a fresh order today directed the state government to complete registration, seat allotment and admissions by December 23 in the matter pertaining to relocation of students of Sardar Rajas Medical College (SRMC).
The High Court has fixed the next date of hearing in the matter for December 24.
Besides, the High Court has asked the agitating students to concentrate on studies and treatment of patients.
The High Court has also directed the collector and superintendent of police of Sambalpur and Ganjam districts to see to it that law and order is maintained in the campuses of VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR), Burla and MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Brahmapur.
“Today’s order of the High Court is an reinforcement of its earlier order. The High Court in its previous order had clearly asked to adjust these 124 students of SRMC in two government-run medical colleges and three private medical colleges in the state. Those who were admitted through the JEE quota were to be relocated in two government medical colleges and those who were admitted through the management quota were to be relocated in three private medical colleges. The High Court had directed the state government to execute its order within two weeks which means by December 2. The state government in its affidavit executed today has stated that it will take a decision on counseling, relocation and admissions within 15-22 December. The High Court directed the state government to stick to the schedule. The High Court asked the agitating students of VIMSAR, MKCG Medical College & Hospital and Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital to refrain from agitation and cooperate with Medical Council of India (MCI) team during inspections,” said counsel for SRMC students Pitamber Acharya briefing newsmen here today.
“We had petitioned the court that our college is in a very bad shape, either the government take over the college or relocate us in some other medical colleges or take any other decision to safeguard our future. The court strongly told them to complete registration, allotment and admissions within 15-22 December. We feel relaxed. We are very happy with the court’s order,” said Subhalaxmi Das, petitioner who is a 3rd year MBBS student of SRMC
Notably, the High Court in its November 18 order had directed the state government to relocate 109 of the 124 Sardar Rajas medicos (who got admission on the basis of all-India ranks) to government colleges and rest 15 (who took admission against management quota) to private colleges.
As per the High Court order, the 109 students would be distributed in VIMSAR Burla and MKCG Medical College & Hospital at Brahmapur because SCB Medical College and Hospital already has achieved its maximum capacity of 250 allowed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to any college.
Students of VIMSAR and MKCG Medical College and Hospital are protesting against the High Court order for relocation of students of Sardar Rajas Medical College in their colleges.