Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Dec 29:
Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak will hold talks with agitating VIMSAR (Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research) students to work out a solution over the Sardar Rajas admission row.
The date of the meeting, however, is yet to be fixed.
Some of the students of VIMSAR had come down to Sambalpur today to meet the minister, where he was on an official tour. The students cited the inadequate infrastructure in VIMSAR as the main obstacle in accommodating additional students from Jaring based Sardar Rajas Medical College.
“We spoke to the Health Minister and raised the lack of infrastructure in VIMSAR and the Sardar Rajas admission issue. He assured us to call us for a meeting in Bhubaneswar to sort out the issues,” said President of VIMSAR Student Union Jayashankar Mishra.
“We are concerned about the students and would study their complaint. We are taking steps on war footing to construct rooms, laboratories and procure equipment,” said Minister Nayak.
On the other hand, the deadlock over the admission of Sardar Rajas students in VIMSAR continued on the fourth day today.
“Some of the students of Sardar Rajas College had come here along with their guardians for admission, but they had to go back. We are not going to back down until the issue is legally resolved in the apex court,” said an agitating student from Burla.
While the students of the Jaring based college were not able to report to the college for admission because of the protests, VIMSAR authorities summoned some of them to the hospital and collected the certificates and other necessary documents.
Notably, the students have been agitating and have locked the gates of the college since December 26 demanding postponement of admission until January 5. The next hearing of their petition at the Supreme Court has been scheduled on that day and a decision is likely.