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Subadh Kumar Nayak

Bhubaneswar: A delegation of the All Odisha Parents' Association today met the Joint Secretary of the Health department, Sharat Chandra Nayak and sought his intervention in the on-going Hi-Tech Medical College admission row.

The members of the parents’ association apprised Nayak about the problems the students are facing due to hike in admission fee.

“As the medical counselling process is slated to be over by July 30, we urged the joint secretary to direct the Hi-Tech Medical College authorities to admit the students with the same fee (Rs 6.5 lakh for four and a half years) as fixed by the State government. He has assured to look into the matter,” said Ganesh Sahoo, a guardian.

“As many as 45 students had gone to report at the college after taking admission at the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) Cell. However, the Hi-Tech Medical College authorities demanded Rs 11 lakh, following which we sought State government’s intervention. The college has now agreed to admit the students with Rs 6.5 lakh fee for the entire course,” informed All Odisha Parents' Association secretary, Basudev Bhatt.

While the State government had finalized the course fee at Rs 6.5 lakh, the college reportedly demanded Rs 11 lakh after the students took admission. The Health Minister had launched a probe after the guardians apprised him about the matter.

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