Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 11:
The future of 150 medical students in Odisha continue to remain uncertain as the Supreme Court stayed the admissions in 100 seats of Rourkela based Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital and 50 seats of Bhubaneswar based Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar (KIMS).
Besides, the court has asked MCI (Medical Council of India) to review the status of the colleges and submit a report.
While MCI had barred Hi Tech Medical College for taking admissions citing lack of infrastructure this year, KIMS had been given permission to admit only 100 students due to the same reason. The High Court, however, later ordered admissions in another 50 seats of KIMS and had allowed Hi-Tech authorities to take admissions as per the OJEE counselling process and intimate the students accordingly.
The Supreme Court verdict came after MCI approached it following the Odisha High Court’s order that allowed the colleges to admit students.
Notably, on October 31, Odisha Government had decided to file three Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) in the apex court challenging the High Court decision in Hi-Tech case. OJEE, Skill Development and Technical Education Department and Health department were supposed to file three separate SLPs on November 2 as the college authorities, instead of calling the AIPMT rank holders for admission, illegally conducted a special entrance test on their own without informing the OJEE and the State Government.
Besides, the Government had also asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to cancel the registration of students who had taken admissions at the Rourkela based college. Further, the OJEE authorities were asked to file a review petition in the High Court, which had asked MCI to allow the college authorities to take admissions as per the OJEE counselling process.
The students and their guardians, however, are worried over the tussle.
“The kids have already taken admission. If the registration is cancelled at this time, they are going to lose a precious year and we are going to lose a lot of money,” said a parent without wanting to be named.