Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court-mandated Oversight Committee has given approval for intake of students at Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada from this academic session.
As a result, the process for admission to 100 MBBS undergraduate seats for the 2017-18 academic sessions can now be expedited, said chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.
Odisha Health secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda had written to Sekhar Kumar, the secretary of Oversight Committee after MCI did not recommend for the issuance of Letter of Permission (LoP) for the commencement of academic session from 2017-18 at the PRMMC&H despite fulfilment of all the mandates.
Following this, Union Health Minister JP Nadda had called a meeting to sort out the pending issues. After the meeting, Nadda asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to inspect the medical college and submit a report by May 24 so as to facilitate issuance of LoP necessary to start academic session.
The state government had pointed out that it had applied to the MCI for LoP in June 2016 for two new medical colleges – Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput and Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada.
Following this, MCI team had visited the Koraput and Baripada in December 12 last year for inspection. While Koraput medical college got the LoP, the Baripada College did not get the mandatory approval casting doubts on students’ intake from this academic session.