Bhubaneswar: As a new year gift to the house surgeons working in Odisha’s three medical colleges, the state government today announced an increase of their monthly stipends by Rs 5,000.
The government has enhanced the stipends of house surgeons working at SCB, MKCH medical colleges and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena.
MBBS students welcomed the move. “It’s a great move. It will be particularly of immense help to those belonging to economically weaker sections,” a house surgeon of VIMSAR told TOI
One year paid internship is mandatory for the MBBS students in their last year of study. Total 650 MBBS students from SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Sambalpur and MKCG Medical College, Berhampur will benefit from the increase.
The minister said the enhanced stipend will become effective from April 1, 2017.