Hi-Tech college row: Govt mulling SC move

Bhubaneswar: The controversy surrounding illegal admission in MBBS and BDS streams by the authorities of Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela authorities this year is growing by the day. Now the State government is contemplating whether to move the Supreme Court or not based on the report submitted by Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) on illegal admissions in the medical college. In this regard, the State government has sought the recommendation of the Law department.

Notably, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had disallowed admission in MBBS and BDS streams in the Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela, this year citing lacking of adequate infrastructure.

However, challenging the order of the Council the Hi-Tech Hospital authorities had moved the Odisha High Court, which, in its order, had asked the MCI to allow the hospital authorities to hold admission by as per the OJEE counseling process and intimate the students accordingly.

The court had also made it clear that both the Hi-Tech and the OJEE authorities can take steps in this regard as per rules.
While the matter was sub judice, the Hi-Tech authorities, in gross violation of the directive of the court, went ahead with the admission process by conducting a separate entrance test without informing the OJEE and the state government.

But as the incident came to the fore, secretary, Skill Development and Technical Education, directed the OJEE authorities to probe as to on what basis the Hi-Tech authorities had conducted the admission process, and submit a report at the earliest.

The report which has now been submitted, mentions that the college authorities have violated the norms during admission.