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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.
Following is a report from the Sambad:
Power major National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) is likely to sign an MoU with State Government shortly to set up the proposed medical college and hospital (MCH) at Sundargarh town.
In spite of the health administration’s plan to kick-start the academic session from 2016-17, the problem over land acquisition may delay the project.
Sources said the MCH proposal mooted three years back could not make much headway till recently for various technical reasons. The MCH proposal is linked to NTPC’s upcoming 3200 MW Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant (STPP). After Sundargarh administration handed over 80 per cent of land for the STPP, it paved the way for the MCH.
A high-level meeting held at Bhubaneswar on October 3 settled NTPC’s reservation as the Health Department agreed to run the MCH. There is a delay in signing the MoU due to recent cyclone and flood and declaration of urban election in western districts including Sundargarh.
A senior NTPC official said the power major does not have technical expertise to run the MCH and therefore it was finally agreed that NTPC would bear all costs to set up building infrastructure and equipment. He said after the MoU is signed, a global tender would be floated.
Earlier, the NTPC had announced that the MCH would have 400 beds and subsequently 100 more beds would be added. The NTPC has already funded `10 crore for addition of 100 beds at the Sundargarh District Headquarter Hospital (SDHH). The new facility is likely to have 300 beds with an investment of around `400 crores.
District administration has earmarked government land of 25 acres at Luhuradhipa. But, encroachment is a major concern. Administrative sources said around 35 encroachment cases involving 10 to 15 tribal families are pending.
Sundargarh Collector Bhupinder Singh Punia hoped for early acquisition of required land and said deserving families would be adequately rehabilitated.
The Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Sundargarh Basant Nayak said if everything goes on the expected lines, the infrastructure would be ready in two years and 100 medical students would be admitted during 2016-17 academic year.
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Following report is from the Sambad:
This was a lively debate. Expect few leaders everyone spoke within the scope of the topic. Otherwise, now day TV debates are often turning brawl and theatrical stage. I observed that all most all leaders spoke in Kosli language. They should also use Kosli language in assembly; so that people of western Odisha will understand them. The discussion was about health, education and human resource development in western Odisha (Balangir and Kalahandi Medical college, AIIMs and other centrally funded institutes); industrialization; pollution in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda belt; KBK issues, Dadan sramik; malnutrition; starvation death; unemployment; Gadjats; feudal mentality of political leadership; and Kosal state demand.
People of western Odisha feel alienated because their voice is not heard by the mainstream Odia media. Thanks to the Kanak TV for providing a platform to people of western Odisha (although one speaker was accusing the organizers about the choice of the title and divide and rule policy).
BHUBANESWAR: Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday announced establishment of a medical college in Sundargarh district and promised allocation of 50 per cent electricity from the two proposed ultra mega power projects.
“The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will set up a medical college and hospital with 400-bed capacity at Sundargarh,” Shinde told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
The proposed medical will extend quality health services to the tribals of Sundargarh district, he said adding, the intake capacity of the medical college will be increased to 500 in ensuing period. Work for the medical college will begin shortly, he added.
Two Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), one each at Angul and Sundargarh, would be established for imparting vocational training to local youths. They will meet the skilled manpower requirement of the State which is going to be a power hub of the country.
The Union Minister told the Chief Minister that it would not be possible on the part of the Centre to allocate additional 700 MW of electricity from NTPC’s super thermal power project at Kaniha.
“Since the Centre has signed power purchase agreement (PPA) with other states, it will not be possible to allocate additional 700 MW for Odisha,” he said adding that the State would receive 2,000 MW power each from the two proposed UMPPs at Bedababahal and Darlipali.
Describing his discussion with the Chief Minister as “very good”, Shinde said that the dispute over the price fixation for the proposed Super Thermal Power Station at Gajamara in Dhenkanal district had been solved.
“Both of us had agreed that the issue will now be solved at the regulatory commission,” he said.
The Union Minister said that Rs 60,000 crore would be invested in the power sector in the State in the near future.
Faced with acute power shortage, the State Government has been demanding its share from the NTPC-Kanhia which it had surrendered earlier.
Apart from two UMPPs, NTPC is also setting up a 3,200-MW power plant at Gajamara.