In a major relief to 124 students of Sardar Rajas Medical College of Kalahandi, the Orissa High Court today directed the state government to adjust the medicos in other government and private medical colleges to enable them to complete their unfinished course.
Notwithstanding Odisha government’s reluctance, the High Court agreed with the suggestions made by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and directed the government to adjust the medicos under government quota to Burla and Berhampur government medical colleges and those admitted under management quota to be transferred to three private colleges at Bhubaneswar.
A division bench of Justice Indrajit Mahanti and Justice D P Choudhury also asked the state government to complete the transfer processes within two weeks and file an affidavit two weeks thereafter regarding compliance of the High Court order.
The executive council of MCI would ratify the transfer of the students in its meeting scheduled on November 27.
The state government had earlier expressed its reservation over MCI’s suggestion saying that the shift of students of the default medical college to a government medical college at this stage would give unfair advantage to these students and the same would run counter to the “principles of equality” as many students ranked above them in AIPMT were deprived of this advantage.
Soon after pronouncement of the order, medicos present in the court premises expressed happiness.
“We were in a state of confusion for over three months after MCI disallowed the medical college to run the MBBS course from this academic year for lack of infrastructure and faculty. But thanks to the High Court, we are now relieved,” said a medico, who had petitioned the HC.
( Source – PTI )