Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of alleged illegal admission conducted by Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital in Rourkela, fate of around 100 MBBS students of the institution has been pushed into uncertainty following a government order that these students should not be allowed to attend classes.

The Skill Development and Technical Education department has recently written a letter in this regard to Health and Family Welfare department asking it not to issue registration number to these students, and not to allow them to appear in any examination.

“The institution concerned be directed not to allow the students admitted in the said institution to attend the classes,” the letter read.

It has also asked chairman of Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to issue an advertisement reflecting about the facts and developments in the matter i.e. filing of SLP and stay order of the Supreme Court for information of all concerned.

The Odisha government’s action followed after it observed the authorities of the institution in question have failed to reply within the stipulated time period.

It was alleged that the institution had conducted admission of 100 students in MBBS and BDS streams in 2015-16 though it was asked by the Orissa High Court to follow the OJEE counseling process and by informing students that the final outcome of the admission would be subject to the further orders from court.

It is also reported that, the medical college authorities allegedly violated the HC order by not consulting with OJEE over the admission process. They also alleged of conducting a separate entrance test for the admission.

When Medical Council of India (MCI), challenging the HC order approached the Supreme Court in the matter, the latter asked the apex regulatory body for medical education to review the status of the college and submit a report. In November last year, citing lack of adequate infrastructure, the MCI had rejected admission into MBBS and BDS courses in the college.

Confirming the development, OJEE Chairman Tushar Kumar Nath said, “Since the matter is not clear they (students) should not be issued with any registration number and student activities should also be not allowed. After the Supreme Court verdict regarding their future status, then only it will be acceptable. All the concerned departments have been informed.”