Bhubaneshwar: The Supreme Court has cancelled 100 MBBS admissions of students of Hi-Tech Medical College in Rourkela for the year 2015-16.
Mediating a special leave petition (SLP), filed by the Odisha Government, and the Medical Council of India, against the judgement of the Orissa High Court, which allowed the Hi tech authorities to admit these students, the Supreme Court cancelled the said admission. It also put aside the interim order of the High Court, given in favour of the college in 2015.
The MCI order disallowing admission in the MBBS and BDS streams due to infra structural deficiencies, has been challenged by the college, which moved the High Court.
The reason given for MCI dis-allowance of admission in the MBBS and BDS streams being lack of adequate infrastructure.
Violating the Orissa Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007, the Hi tech authorities admitted students through an entrance test, based on interim orders, issued by the High Court.
A stay was ordered by the apex court in November 2015 on the 100 admissions to the Hi tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela. It came after the MCI moved the Supreme Court following the High Court verdict.
Now since the court in its order has said ‘the students or the institution cannot claim any equities’, the fate of the students stands jeopardised.
“Had this court order come before our admission, we would have chosen a different career. After investing so much of money and time, what we’ll do now,” asked Shakti Swarup, a student of the institute.
According to educationist, looking at the latest developments, it becomes mandatory that the State government resolve the students’ admission issue.
“At first the Hi-tech Group of Institutions must be declared illegal, and null & void. Without wasting any time the State government must take steps to secure their future,” educationist Kamala Prasad Mohapatra said.
Last year 124 students of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital in Kalahandi were adjusted in different medical colleges of the State after the SC rejected their admissions due to lack of infrastructure.