Fate of Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital hangs in balance

Mayurbhanj: Uncertainty now looms large over the admission and academics for newly set up Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital even as the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held on May 7.

The medical college is yet to get necessary approvals for academics as the Medical Council of India (MCI) team is yet to review the necessary infrastructure here.

Official sources said, MCI had taken stock of the infrastructure and facilities at Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in December last year.

Though the team had assessed the facilities in Koraput, they had not come for inspection at Baripada which has led to severe resentment among the local residents.

“We do not see any chances as already the date for MCI visit has expired. It is unfortunate that Mayurbhanj being a tribal belt is being neglected as no adequate focus is being given on development of healthcare here,” Abhijit Kumar Rout, a local resident said.

Odisha Government, on the other hand, claimed that all the prescribed guidelines by the MCI have been complied and a report has been submitted to the Centre.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had, during his meeting with Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, urged for letter of permission (LOP) for the two medical colleges at Baripada and Koraput for starting the first batch of admission from  2017-18 session.

Another reminder in this regard was also sent by the State Government on April 27 for MCI inspection and LOP.

“Till now we have not got any recommendation from MCI. We are waiting for further communication from Government of India regarding admissions by May end,” said Health Secretary Pramod Meherda.