Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Medical Students to Lose A Year

The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar), July 15, 2015
BHAWANIPATNA:The Sardar Rajas Medical College at Jaring in Kalahandi district has run into fresh trouble. This time, first year students of second batch of the medical college, who took admission in 2014-15 academic year on Supreme Court order, cannot appear at the first medical professional examination scheduled to be held in August. Because, the college has failed to get provisional affiliation of Sambalpur University for the session.
Speaking to media persons, the 24 affected students and their guardians alleged that the college could not get the provisional affiliation because of negligence on part of Department of Health and Family Welfare. The department has issued the recognition letter for the college for 2015-16 instead of 2014-15.
About the problems faced by them, the students said while part-time faculty has been conducting classes, the arrangement is inadequate to ensure quality education. The college also lacks infrastructure facilities, sufficient number of doctors and administrative staff.
The students and parents sought immediate intervention of the Government in the matter. They demanded that the Department should rectify its mistake at the earliest and Sambalpur University should allow students to appear at the ensuing examination so that they would not lose one year.
An administrative official of the medical college Saif Saiffuddin said, “We are pursuing the matter with the Department and after getting recognition year corrected, we will approach Sambalpur University and make all efforts to ensure that students write their examination in August.”
It may be mentioned that the Medical Council of India (MCI) had allowed admission to 100 seats in the medical college in 2013-14. But the Medical Council cancelled admission for 2014-15 session citing lack of adequate infrastructure. Challenging the MCI order, the college  authorities had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court.
In 2014, the apex court allowed admission in the medical college with immediate effect. While directing the MCI to visit the medical college within three months, the court told the college authorities to fulfil necessary infrastructure requirements as per the suggestions of the MCI.
Accordingly, MCI’s fact-finding team visited the college in February this year for verification of facts and document submitted earlier. The team submitted its report to the MCI but did not reveal anything about their findings. Meanwhile, CBI took over the investigation on February 23.

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