SC asks Odisha to relocate Sardar Rajas students in private colleges

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Odisha government to relocate the students of the Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College (SRMC) SRMC in three private medical colleges in the state.

The apex court asked the State government to complete the admission of the students within seven days. The court also ordered the state government to carry out the admissions within the government stipulated course fee.

Besides, it also directed the students of the government and private medical colleges not to stage any more demonstrations and posted the next hearing of the case to March 14.

Earlier, 55 students of Sardar Rajas medical college were absorbed in MKCG Medical College while 54 students were relocated to VIMSAR. Five students each were admitted in three private institutions – Hi Tech Medical College, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital.

But with the verdict of the apex court, all students who took admission in the two government colleges will now have to be relocated and admitted to the three private medical colleges.

On January 5, 124 medicos of the Sardar Rajas medical college in Kalahandi, who were relocated in five institutions in the State as per an order of the Orissa High Court, were barred by the Supreme Court from attending classes.

In the last hearing of the case on January 8, the apex court had upheld its stay preventing Sardar Rajas Medical College students, who have been relocated to other colleges, from attending classes till the final hearing of the case.

The court had ordered the State government and the college authorities to present their case before the court at the next hearing (today).

On December 16 last, the students of Sardar Rajas medical college had received a much-needed shot in the arm after the apex court gave the Odisha government permission to go ahead with the admission of these students in two government and three private medical colleges of the State as per the order of the High Court.