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Baripada medical college gets SC panel nod for admissions




 A medical college in Baripada in Mayurbhanj district can now enrol students from this academic session with the Supreme Court mandated Oversight Committee according its approval, a week after State Government sought its intervention.

"The process of admission of students for 100 MBBS seats for the 2017-18 academic session in Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital can now be taken up as the Supreme Court mandated committed has given its nod," State Health Minister Pratap Jena said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "The long standing demand of the people of Mayurbhanj district has been fulfilled."
The oversight committee's green signal came a week after the state government sought its intervention following failure to get Letter of Permission (LoP) from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start the Medical College and Hospital in 2017-18 academic session.
Official sources said that the committee has noted that various requirements like infrastructure, equipment, furniture and faculty were understood to be in conformity with the requirements of LoP.
The committee also noted that the college in the tribal dominated district was considered essential for health and socio-economic development of the area, the sources said.
Notably, uncertainty over Letter of Permission had hampered the admissions due to a tug of war between State Government and Medical Council of India (MCI).
Health Secretary PK Meherda had recently sought intervention of the panel for appropriate measures against the ‘injustice’ of MCI.
State government had earlier sought LoP for two medical colleges — Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College, Baripada and Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital, Koraput in June 2016.
Though the MCI team subsequently inspected the infrastructure, construction works and other facilities at Koraput institution in December last year, it did not inspect infrastructure at Baripada Medical college.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a meeting with Union Health Minister JP Nadda had urged him to direct the MCI to take up inspection of the Baripada Medical College to facilitate admission from the current academic session.
State government had followed up the Chief Ministers request to Union Health Minister on April 27 and urged for MCI inspection and the LoP.
Senior State government officials had taken up the matter with Nadda at a high level meeting at New Delhi on May 11 in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharemendra Pradhan.
Pradhan after the meeting had blamed Odisha Government for delay in submission of compliance report for which second visit of MCI to Baripada Medical had not taken place.





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