Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 4:
Protests by students of three government-run medical colleges against the relocation of the MBBS students of Sardar Rajas Medical College to their colleges further intensified with the filing of a miscellaneous (misc) case in the Orissa High Court by the same students of the government-run medical colleges today who had earlier filed intervention petition in the matter.
These students in their misc case have prayed before the High Court to issue a stay order on its revised order issued on November 18. The High Court has fixed December 9 for the hearing of the intervention petition.
“Two students of the MKCG Medical College & Hospital at Brahmapur, two students of VIMSAR at Burla and one student of S C B Dental College & Hospital of Cuttack, a total of five students have filed an intervention petition against the High Court’s order of November 18 this year. They have sought for recall of the order after review. The hearing has been fixed for December 9. Considering the urgency of the matter we have also filed a petition for a stay on the order,” said Dr Ashok Kumar Mohapatra, counsel for the petitioners speaking to media after filing of the misc petition at the High Court.
“We want that our side be also placed before the court. We have put forth before the court that we do not have infrastructure, adequate faculty and that our ranks are better than of them. We want the High Court to take these into consideration and give justice to us,” said a student of VIMSAR, who is one of the petitioners.
The High Court on November 18 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.
The students of VIMSAR Burla, MKCG Medical College & Hospital Brahmapur, SCB Dental College Cuttack and HiTech Medical College are opposing the move with the arguments that their ranks were far better compared to the Sardar Rajas medicos in the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) in 2013.
The VIMSAR and MKCG Medical College & Hospital students were protesting bringing them in the same group of those with lower ranks and were agitating against the state government’s move to relocate students of Sardar Rajas Medical College. However, the students of MKCG Medical College & Hospital today withdrew their agitation following talks with Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on Thursday.
The High Court had issued the order keeping in mind academic interest of the Sardar Rajas College in view of its poor infrastructure and lack of faculty members making running of the college virtually defunct.