Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today decided to implement 10 per cent reservation of seats for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) students in three medical colleges in the State from this academic session.
The medical colleges are Pt Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital, Koraput and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla in Sambalpur district.
A notification has been issued in this regard after the Centre approved to increase in number of seats in these colleges.
“Government of Odisha have been pleased to reserve 10 percent seats for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) for taking admission in the above three Medical Institutions which shall be over and above the existing reservations,” said the notification of Odisha Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.
“The extent of reservation for EWS shall be in such a manner that the number of seats made available to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) shall not reduce the number and percentage of reservation provided for the categories as mentioned in the Department letter no 2243 dtd 22.01.2003,” it added.
This notification shall come into effect with immediate effect.
Earlier, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry allowed the Odisha Government to increase 25 MBBS seats each in Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada and Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput.
These two medical colleges will now take 125 students under MBBS course instead of their earlier capacity of 100 seats.
Similarly, 50 additional MBBS seats have been approved for Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Burla. With this, the total intake of the college has gone up to 200 against existing 150 seats.