SC cancels admission of 100 MBBS Hi-tech students

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Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court has cancelled the admission of 100 MBBS students of Hi-Tech medical college in Rourkela who had taken admission in the year 2015-16.

Adjudicating a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Medical Council of India (MCI) and Odisha government against the judgment of Orissa High Court which had allowed the Hi-Tech authorities to admit students for 2015-16, the apex court rejected the admission of the students.

The court also ‘set aside’ the interim order of the HC pronounced in favour of Hi-Tech medical college in 2015.
The college authorities had moved the High Court, challenging the MCI order disallowing admission in the MBBS and BDS streams citing lack of adequate infrastructure.

Based on HC’s interim order, the Hi-Tech authorities had admitted students through an entrance test, violating The Orissa Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007.

In November 2015, the apex court had ordered a stay on the admission in 100 Medical seats in Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela. The verdict came after the MCI moved the apex court following the High Court verdict.

Now since the court in its order has said ‘the students or the institution cannot claim any equities’, the fate of the students has been pushed into darkness.

“Had this court order come before our admission, we would have chosen a different career. After investing so much of money and time, what we’ll do now,” asked Shakti Swarup, a student of the institute.

Reacting on the development educationists opine that the State government must solve the students’ admission issue.
“At first the Hi-tech Group of Institutions must be declared illegal, and null & void. Without wasting any time the State government must take steps to secure their future,” educationist Kamala Prasad Mohapatra said.

Last year as many as 124 students of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital in Kalahandi were accommodated in different medical colleges of the State after the SC rejected their admissions on the basis of lack of infrastructure.

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