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MCI team faces protest at VIMSAR

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Burla, Dec 8:

A four member team of the Medical Council of India (MCI) which was on a visit to western Odisha’s premier medical college- VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) here today had to face severe protests from the students who have been opposing the Orissa High Court’s order to relocate students of Sardar Rajas Medical college in government-run institutions in the state.

VIMSAR Agitated students staged a dharna in front of the team which was here to assess the infrastructure of the medical college.

Later a delegation of the agitating students met the MCI team and discussed the college’s infrastructure and faculty issues with it, sources said.

The hearing on the intervention petition filed by the students of three government-run medical colleges against the Orissa High Court’s revised order on November 18 is scheduled for tomorrow. Considering the urgency of the matter the same petitioners on December 4 have also filed another petition (misc case) for a stay on the order. In the intervention petition these students have sought for recall of the order after review.

The High Court in its November 18 order had asked 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 relocating students of Sardar Rajas Medical College in their colleges.