Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela to enroll 100 students this year
BHUBANESWAR: It is good news for medical aspirants. Around 150 more MBBS seats will be available for admission in Odisha this year compared to last year.
The new addition includes 100 medical seats in Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela, to be filled in through the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) besides the 50 seats in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar.
Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr P K Das said the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already given its go-ahead for 100 seats in the High-tech group’s upcoming medical college at Rourkela. “It is a matter of paperwork before the college officially gets going with the admission process,” he said.
Hi-Tech Group, which already has a 100-seat medical college in Bhubaneswar, has set up the Rourkela institution in collaboration with the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC). The planning and coordination department of the state government had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the medical college in Rourkela and had provided 25-acre land.
The Rourkela college seats raises the number medical seats under the OJEE pool to 650. The counselling could not be started so far because of lack of clarity in the total number of medical seats.
Dr Das said though the MCI has given in-principle permanent recognition for 150 medical seats each in VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, and MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur. The Centre is yet to give its final go-ahead. “We hope the Centre would clear the matter soon paving way for admission,” Dr Das said. Though last year the two colleges had admitted 150 students each, the recognitions were provisional.
OJEE secretary Priyabrata Sahoo said the medical counseling will start soon after the DMET gives it the details of approved seats in different colleges. As reported earlier, the Centre has already announced to admit 50 students in AIIMS Bhubaneswar from the current year through the AIIMS entrance test.
Screen shot of Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela website.