Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, Jan 12:
In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court today directed the Odisha government to relocate the Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital students to the three private medical colleges in the state.
Hearing the petition, the apex court directed the state government to complete the admission process within seven days keeping the admission fees at par with the government medical colleges in the state.
The court cautioned the students not to resort to agitation defying which action will be initiated against the violators.
“The Supreme Court today directed to absorb the 124 Sardar Rajas Medical College students in three recognised private medical colleges within seven days. They cannot be admitted to government medical colleges. They will have to pay fees prevailing at government medical colleges in the state,” Ashok Mohapatra, the lawyer of petitioners said.
The top court posted the next hearing to March 14.
“We had enormous faith in the judiciary. We are happy with the judgement,” Jayshankar Mishra, VIMSAR students’ union president said.
In the earlier hearing on last Friday, the court had ordered maintenance of status quo on its earlier interim order barring Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College students to attend classes in other medical colleges till final hearing scheduled for today.
Besides, the court had barred the students of the college, who were relocated to five medical colleges in the state, from attending classes till the next hearing.
Notably, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had withdrawn its recognition and affiliation to the college on ground of poor infrastructure and inadequate faculty strength earlier this year.
The students had then approached the Orissa High Court for reprieve. The court had asked the state government to facilitate admission of Sardar Rajas medical college students in two government and three private medical colleges.
Following this, a Special Leave Petition (SLP) was filed by students of three medical colleges of Odisha (VIMSAR, MKCG and Hi-Tech) at the Supreme Court challenging the High Court decision.
Besides, the students had staged protests in VIMSAR and MKCG medical colleges preventing the Rajas students to go ahead with provision admission in government colleges.