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Dana Majhi effect: Medical college site earmarked

BHAWANIPATNA: The Kalahandi district administration has earmarked a 40-acre land near Bhanagabari village, four km from here, on the NH-59 that connects Khariar-Nuapadadistrict for the proposed medical college.

Collector (Kalahandi) Brundha D said it is a suitable place for the hospital as it is well-connected. The land belongs to directorate of animal husbandry and veterinary services. “We will inform the state government to make a final call,” the collector said. Following Dana Majhi issue, the state government announced to set up a government medical college here and subsequently it had asked the district administration to find a 25-acre land near Bhawanipatna.

Sub-collector Sukanta Tripathy (Bhawanipatna sub-division) said a place was required for the setting up of the medical college within five-km radius of the town and the patch fulfils the criterion.

September 17, 2016 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

Naveen announces medical college for Kalahandi

Following report is from http://www.telegraphindia.com:

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 30: The Odisha government will set up a medical college in Kalahandi with the help of the Vedanta Group that will extend infrastructure support of Rs 100 crore, chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced today.

The announcement, which followed a meeting between the chief minister and Vedanta chief Anil Agarwal here, came close on the heels of outrage over a tribal having to carry his wife’s body on his shoulders from a hospital in the district for 16km.

“The proposed medical college will be run by the government,” Patnaik said. A medical college will also ensure a mandatory 500-bed hospital.

Kalahandi, known for acute backwardness and poverty, does not have a medical college. The Sardar Rajas Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, set up by a private promoter in 2013, was shut down last year as the Medical Council of India withdrew recognition, citing lack of infrastructure.

“A medical college and hospital is needed in Kalahandi. We will provide infrastructure support worth Rs 100 crore,” Agarwal said.

The government will provide the required land and manage the medical college and the hospital.

Vedanta, which has been running a 1-million-tonne alumina refinery in Lanjigarh in the district, has been assured by the state government of raw material through the state-run Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).

The refinery has been running only at 40 per cent of its capacity because of non-availability of bauxite ore. “We have been assured by the state government that we will be provided long-term raw material linkage through the OMC,” Agarwal said.

Steel and mines minister Prafulla Mallick said: “We will provide raw materials to the Vedanta from Kodingamali bauxite reserve in Koraput district.”

August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Sordid saga: How an Odisha medical college row tied 124 students in a knot

Following report is from http://www.dailyo.in/politics/odisha-mci-mbbs-sardar-rajas-medical-college-supreme-court-ppp-iim-sambalpur/story/1/8447.html

The fate of 124 MBBS students of Sardar Rajas Medical College in western Odisha was decided this week with the Supreme Court directing the students to be admitted to three private medical colleges in the state. The college built on a public private partnership (PPP) model had failed to receive approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) which resulted in uncertainty over the future of the students. The whole saga involving the state government, MCI, high court, other government medical colleges and the Supreme Court has been murky.

The story begins from 2004 when the government of Odisha, through the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) inked a deal with Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust of Tamil Nadu to establish a medical college in one of the country’s most backward districts, Kalahandi. The government then allotted 25 acres of land for free and gave a sum of Rs 20 crore for the college to start.

Promising to build a 300-bed hospital with all necessary facilities, the trust after much delay in setting up the infrastructure, admitted 100 students for the year 2013-’14. Next year another 24 students were admitted. In the wake of the college not having adequate infrastructure and staff, the MCI withdrew permission for admission this year.

The Odisha High Court then stepped in and ruled that the majority of the students would be allocated to two government medical colleges and a small number to three private medical colleges. All hell broke loose when students of the two government medical colleges in Berhampur and Burla staged protests against addition of the aggrieved students citing lack of facilities and a moral quandary where lower ranked students of the shut college would now become equal with higher ranked students.

The high court, in the meantime, ruled in favour of an increase in seats in the three private medical colleges so that the displaced students could be admitted. The ruling was supported by the state cabinet. This prompted the MCI, which is against adding seats to colleges that lack adequate facilities, to move the Supreme Court against the high court order. A special leave petition brought the Supreme Court in the picture which after staying the high court’s order finally ordered that all 124 students of the beleaguered institution be admitted to the three private medical colleges while paying fees at par with government colleges.

In the meantime, the Odisha government has scrapped its MoU with Selvam Trust and is looking for fresh bidders to take up the work for the 300-bed hospital. It has also promised to initiate criminal proceedings against the trust. While the uncertainty of many months has ended for the students, including the ones protesting against the state government and the high court’s orders, there are more questions than answers in this sordid saga.

The first question is regarding the policy. The intent of setting up a medical school and hospital in a remote and backward district needs questioning. Populism might warrant it but when it comes to setting up the elaborate infrastructure and having adequate faculty members as the MCI demands, running a medical school in a remote region becomes fraught with difficulties. Invariably, the admission rate at such institutions gets hit. Only few candidates make a beeline for colleges that lack facilities and are situated in a poorly connected places. A case in point was the dismal admission rate at IIM Sambalpur seen recently.

The second question is about the merit of the MoU partner. A cursory look at Selvam Trust’s website will tell you that it does not possess expertise in running a medical college. It runs an engineering and science college. What attracted the state government to choose such a partner? Was it because no other group showed interest?

The third question is about the handling of the case by honourable Odisha High Court and to some extent by the Supreme Court. If lack of infrastructure and faculty members can be a valid reason for not permitting admission in government medical colleges, does not the same apply to the private colleges as well? The high court stepping into the role of the MCI also was an intrusion that could have been best avoided. The case is set to be heard soon and one can only hope that the apex court takes cognisance of the digression from rules provides direction.

Lastly, the state government’s handling of the whole issue should come under the scanner. Students of government colleges protesting for weeks against sharing classes with displaced students of Sardar Rajas Medical College also presented an ugly picture and could have been addressed better by a concerned state government. Delay in project implementation, not meeting the desired requirements despite warnings from the MCI, sorry state of both government and private medical colleges are some issues that need to be answered by the government.

Odisha woefully lacks adequate and quality medical colleges. Plans under the PPP model are afoot to implement a few projects to meet this glaring gap. The Sardar Rajas Medical College row should, amid other things, serve as a rude wake up call for all concerned.

January 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Never ending saga of Sardar Rajas medical college students

Following is a report from the OTV:

Bhubaneswar: Students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla and Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur moved Orissa High Court today opposing the re-allotment of Kalahandi-based Sardar Rajas medical college students in their respective institutions.

The students knocked the HC doors citing that their institutions are ill-equipped to accommodate the additional strength and an alternative arrangement should be made for the students of Sardar Rajas students who have been caught in an imbroglio.

They too sought the State government be a part of the matter in the legal proceedings.

Earlier Saturday, students of VIMSAR had staged a silent protest in front of the institution protesting against the HC order to re-allocate 45 medicos of Sardar Rajas Medical College in their college.

Two days later, students of MKCG Medical College and Hospital took to streets opposing the HC order. Besides, demanding proper counselling, the students of Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital here had taken out a rally in Master Canteen area.

November 26, 2015 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Fate of students of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital remain uncertain

Following is a report from the TOI:
BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Tuesday lodged an FIR against A John Sel Raja, president of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital, Jaring, for criminal breach of trust at Junagarh police station in Kalahandi district, government sources said.

The Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) lodged the complaint accusing him of violating the memorandum of understating (MOU) he signed with WODC, fraudulent documentation and playing with the future of hundreds of medical students, a government officer said. Earlier, the government had issued show-cause notices to it, but Raja allegedly did not reply.

Fate of 124 MBBS students of the college, admitted in two batches in 2013 and 2014, remain uncertain as the college doesn’t have minimum infrastructure and faculty to run the institution as described in the statutory norms of Medical Council of India (MCI).

The students are on dharna in front of the college since July 30 seeking government intervention to rescue them from the situation. They have also moved the Orissa high court seeking its intervention. The MCI has debarred the college from admitting students this year.

September 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

Odisha loses 250 medical seats in three colleges

BHUBANESWAR: The state has lost a whopping 250 medical seats this academic year, latest data on the Medical Council of India (MCI) website shows.

The MCI recently denied permission for admitting students to Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela, and Sardar Rajas Medical College, Jaring (Kalahandi). The colleges had 100 seats each. Besides, the council slashed the number of seats at Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, to 100 from 150.

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) committee chairman Tushar Nath has confirmed that there would be no admission in the two private colleges at Rourkela and Jaring this year.

Both the colleges, set up in public private partnership (PPP), are suffering from inadequate infrastructure. Students of Jaring are on an agitation seeking takeover of the college by the state government.

KIMS, part of a deemed university, conducts admission on its own. The Centre had granted permanent recognition to 100 MBBS seats at the college. In 2014-15, the health ministry gave its nod to a provisional increase of 50 seats based on MCI recommendations. However, the council did not renew its permit this year, reducing the number to 100 again.

The number of MBBS seats in the state now stands at 900. These include 550 at three government medical colleges at Cuttack, Burla and Berhampur, and 350 in three private medical colleges.

September 3, 2015 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

Centre says no to 100 MBBS seats at Kalahandi’s Sardar Raja medical college

Following is a report from http://odishasuntimes.com/71710/centre-withdraws-approval-100-mbbs-seats-odishas-sr-medical-college/:

Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, July 15:

The Central government has disapproved of the renewal of 100 medical seats at Sardar Raja medical college in Kalahandi -along with 3820 MBBS seats across the country- for the academic session 2014-15.

The decision follows the recommendation of Medical Council of India (MCI), which had recommended against renewal of permission for admission in 3820 MBBS seats across 45 medical colleges in the country for for the academic session 2014-15, said a release of PIB today.

” MCI had recommended for disapproval of 118 medical colleges for renewal of permission for admission in 8567 MBBS seats for the academic session 2014-15. The Ministry has forwarded the compliance reports submitted by the concerned medical colleges to MCI for review and the same were placed before the Executive Committee of the Council at the meeting held on 08.07.2014 and 12.07.2014. Subsequently, MCI has recommended for renewal of permission for 73 cases with 4747 MBBS seats. The MCI has recommended for disapproval of renewal of permission for 45 medical colleges with 3820 MBBS seats for the year 2014-15,” the release said.

The assessment reports of all medical colleges by the assessor appointed by MCI, were placed before the Executive Committee of the Council.

This Committee recommends the grant of approval to those institutions which meet the requirements and provisions as per MSR/provisions/regulations of the Council.

The Executive Committee found deficiencies in 45 medical colleges which, according to the assessment reports, failed to meet the requirements prescribed by the MCI as per Minimum Standard Requirements Regulation. That explains why the Committee decided to recommend to the Central Government against grant of permission for 3820 seats in these medical colleges.

MCI has recommended for renewal of permission to 73 medical colleges to conduct admissions for 4747 MBBS seats.

However, MCI has recommended for establishment of 16 new medical colleges with intake capacity of 2050 MBBS seats and also recommended for the increase of 600 MBBS seats in 10 existing medical colleges for the academic year 2014-15.

The Union Health Minister stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, the PIB release said.

July 22, 2014 at 12:04 am Leave a comment

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