It is good news for medical aspirants. Around 150 more MBBS seats will be available for admission in Odisha this year compared to last year.
The new addition includes 100 medical seats in Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital, Rourkela, to be filled in through the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) besides the 50 seats in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar.
Hi-Tech Group, which already has a 100-seat medical college in Bhubaneswar, has set up the Rourkela institution in collaboration with the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC). The planning and coordination department of the state government had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the medical college in Rourkela and had provided 25-acre land.
The Rourkela college seats raises the number medical seats under the OJEE pool to 650. The counselling could not be started so far because of lack of clarity in the total number of medical seats. The Centre has already announced to admit 50 students in AIIMS Bhubaneswar from the current year through the AIIMS entrance test.