Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Cuttack, Sep 25:
The Central Government has agreed to make an exception for Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) in Odish’s Cuttack city and allow it to start an MD course in the specialities of Pathology and Anaesthesiology even though it doesn’t have MBBS courses.
As per norms, an MD course can be started in an institute only if it offers MBBS courses in the same subject. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, however, had taken up the issue with the Union Health Ministry and had sought an exemptions from the prevailing rules for the institute in order to get the new course started at the institute.
Union Health Minister Jagat Prasad Nadda today wrote to Petroleum Minister Pradhan regarding the approval of new MD courses at AHRCC in Cuttack.
“I am happy to inform you that as per your request, the Central Government has agreed to grant exemption under section 8 (1A) of the post-graduate medical education regulations, 2000 for starting MD course in the specialities of Pathology and Anaesthesiology in Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack, Odisha. Necessary communications in this regard would be issued by the Ministry,” wrote Nadda.
Notably, only a few institutes in the country such as Ram Manohar Lohia hospital have been allowed this kind of exemption earlier.