Friday, August 7, 2015


The Pioneer, Aug 7, 2015
Students of the Sardar Raja Medical College, Jaring have been staging protest meetings in front of the Kalahandi district Collector’s office here for the last seven days seeking immediate takeover of the medical college by the State Government.
Notably, with the Medical Council of India (MCI) approval, the medical college at Jaring had taken 100 students in academic year 2013-14. But, the MCI cancelled the student-intake approval in 2014-15 citing poor infrastructure and lack of faculties as reasons. However, the college took 30 students in the same year as the Supreme Court gave a ruling in favour of it.
 “Our hopes to become doctors become gloomy as the medical authorities have not appointed adequate numbers of faculties and given required equipment. Unless the Government doesn’t take over it, our future would be shattered,” said agitating students.
Meanwhile, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch regional convenor Kaishab Bihari alleged that the Selvam Educational Trust has not been capable to invest adequate amount to improve the infrastructure in the Sardar Raja Medical College and has minimum expertise in establishing a medical college. “Most parts of the infrastructure and building have come up with Rs 10 crore given by the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC). Besides, it stands on patches of land given free of cost by the State Government. Hence, the Government should take over the institute soon: he said.

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