Hi-Tech admission: Odisha to file 3 SLPs in SC

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will file three special leave petitions (SLPs) in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the admission of students in MBBS courses this year at Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela, sources said on Saturday.

The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) authorities will file a SLP in the apex court as the Hi-Tech Medical College authorities did not call AIPMT rank holders for admission and conducted a special entrance test on its own without informing the OJEE, the sources added.

Similarly, the Skill Development and Technical Education department will file another SLP citing that the Hi-Tech Medical College authorities violated Odisha Professional Education Act. The Health department will put forth its view in third SLP in the apex court regarding the violation of Medical Council of India (MCI) norms in MBBS admissions.

“We had no information about the admissions at Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela. Since they (Hi-Tech authorities) have not informed anything about this to the state government, the admission is illegal”, OJEE chairman Tusar Kumar Nath said.

Meanwhile, the OJEE will also file a review petition in the Odisha High Court that had asked in its order to the MCI to allow the Hi-Tech Medical College authorities to hold admissions as per the OJEE counseling process and intimate the students accordingly.

In the meanwhile, the state government has directed the Health department to cancel the registration of students who had taken admissions at the Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela.

The Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela, had moved the HC challenging the MCI order disallowing admission in the MBBS and BDS streams this year citing lack of adequate infrastructure.

Notably, the Hi-Tech authorities took admissions of students by conducting a separate entrance test without informing the OJEE and the state government.