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Monday, October 26, 2015
Moving Sardar Rajas medicos faces hurdle
Times of India, Oct 25, 2015 Bikash Khemka & Ashok Pradhan,TNN | Oct 25, 2015, 04.09 PM ISTBHUBANESWAR/BHAWANIPATNA: More than three weeks after Orissa High Court on October 1 asked the state government and Medical Council of India (MCI) to relocate MBBS students of Sardar Rajas Medical College at Jaring in Kalahandi to other recognized institutions by October 14, the students' fate still hangs in balance.
In fresh hurdle to the move, the college management has moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the HC order. On the other hand, the MCI is yet to respond to a state government relocation plan submitted before it more than a week ago.
Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said that in accordance with the court direction and keeping in mind the students' academic interest, the state government had worked out a plan to distribute the students in three private medical colleges in the city. "The director medical education and training (DMET) has submitted the plan to MCI. We hope the MCI will take a favorable call soon," he said.
On October 1, the HC asked the state and MCI to shift the 124 students of two batches (2013-14 and 2014-15) to other colleges in two weeks. On October 6, the Tamil Nadu-based Selvam Educational and Charitable trust, which runs the college, filed a petition in the apex court seeking interim relief from the HC order on the grounds that such a move would completely shut down the college resulting in loss of crores to the trust. The trust has pleaded before the apex court to examine if the HC had overlooked rules as there was no provision to transfer students of one medical college to another under the Indian Medical Council Act 1958.
The trust pointed out that the state handed over 10 acre land in 2007 in a delayed move three years after it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Western Odisha Development Council. It said the government provided the land on lease of 99 years. However, the Kalahandi district administration did not issue a no objection certificate to the trust to raise loan against the leased land contrary to provisions in the MOU.
The trust said when the building was complete in 2008 the state government took it on rent for three years to run the Kalahandi College of Engineering and returned the same in 2011. Passing the blame to the state for the current state of affairs, the trust said the government did not fill the seats reserved for WODC candidates for the academic year 2014-15. The 15 % NRI quota could not be filled up because of a HC order, it said.
As reported earlier, the WODC has lodged an FIR against the management for criminal breach of trust of 2004 the deal.