Sardar Rajas medicos asked to deposit hostel fee

Bhawanipatna: The Sardar Rajas Medical College at Jaring in Kalahandi district, against whom the Odisha government is likely to take action for its poor infrastructure and inadequate teaching staff, has come to the limelight again with fresh allegation by the students.

According to reports, the college authorities have issued a fresh notice asking students to deposit their hostel fees of Rs 68,500 within 24 hours and asked the second year MBBS students to attend class failing which they would not be allowed to sit in the examinations.

Besides, the authorities have asked the students, who are not attending classes, to immediately vacate the hostel.

“The authorities are forcing us to deposit college fees. While the Odisha High Court has directed the state government to transfer and accommodate us in other private medical colleges in the state, the college authorities have threatened us to disqualify us in the semester examinations and illegally conduct separate semester examinations,” said M Samir Krishna Reddy, a student.

However, the college authorities have ruled out any such notice.

“We have not issued any notification. The students are eagerly waiting for the decision of the state government so that they will attend theory and practical classes regularly”, Jogendra Prasad Behera, Principal of Sardar Rajas Medical College told the media.

Asked about the incident, Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the Supreme Court and the Odisha High Court have their respective verdicts on the future of the students of Sardar Rajas Medical College.

“Besides, the state government is in constant touch with the Medical Council of India (MCI). “Whatever decision will emerge, we will implement it in letter and spirit,” he added.

It may be mentioned that the State Health department has sent a fresh proposal in this matter after the Union Health ministry had called a meeting on October 12.

After the meeting, the MCI had said the state government should first sign an undertaking regarding this before accommodating the students in other medical colleges.

Students, who had taken admission under government quota, should be accommodated in government medical colleges and those who came under management quota should be absorbed in private medical colleges.

Notably, the High Court had asked the state government to enroll the students of Sardar Rajas Medical College into an affiliated medical institute. The court had also ordered to complete the process in 14 days.

“The High Court’s decision is in line with State government’s recommendation and we will seek approval from the MCI in this regard to expedite the process and accommodate 124 students of Sardar Rajas Medical College,” the Health minister had said.

It may be recalled that the MCI had disallowed admission in Sardar Rajas Medical College this year citing infrastructure deficiencies.