Just before the day the counselling was about to kick-start for admission to medical courses offered by the medical institutes located in Bhubaneswar, a ray of sadness, anger and disappointment was witnessed among the aspiring medical students. The reason for dismay was that Medical Council of India has halted admission to 250 seats in Odisha medical institutes for the academic session 2015-16.
The total number of medical seats in Odisha was somewhere around 1000’s which in the present academic session has come down to 900. Out of the total 900 medical seats 550 seats are offered by the three government colleges namely: MKCG Medical College (150), SCB Medical College (250) and VSS Medical College (150) and the remaining 350 seats are offered by the three private colleges namely: Kalinga Institute of Medical Science (100), Institute of Medical Sciences & SUM Hospital (150) and Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital, Bhubaneswar (100).
As per the latest notifications available on the official website MCI, Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital, Rourkela and Sardar Rajas Medical College, Jaring (Kalahandi) have been denied permission to offer admission to the students in any of the Medical Courses. Both the colleges have 100 seats each. Both these colleges were established as a part of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and at present both the institutes have failed to provide its students with proper adequate infrastructure.
Kindly Note – Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital, Bhubaneswar has not been barred by the MCI from offering the admission to its 100 seats.
Apart from the above two, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) which is part of Utkal University every year offers admission on the basis of its own entrance exam. For this year, the council has reduced the number of seats for KIMS from 150 to 100 on the same grounds i.e. lack of infrastructure facility. 100 MBBS seats at the college have been given permanent recognition. During the year 2014-15, on the recommendation of MCI, Health Ministry permitted the Institute to increase its seats from 100 to 150. But this year Council dismissed its renewal application and again the seats came back to 100.
On being interviewed Tushar Nath, Chairman of Odisha Joint Entrance Exam Committee which is popularly known by the name OJEE said, “its very well confirmed that no admission will be taken by these two private colleges located at Rourkela and Jaring for the academic session 2015-16.” The meritorious students of Jaring and Rourkela were found to be too angry and were of the opinion that the state government should take over the college and make them work as per their set guidelines.