The Central board has agreed to the proposal. For the first time in India, admission for MBBS and BDS courses is held through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET UG 2013) conducted by the CBSE.
The CBSE Board will prepare the State merit list and send it to the OJEE board. To maintain that the stream of candidates are from Odisha, the OJEE has sought a list of 4,000 candidates for filling up 85% of the State quota.
"Since the NEET is being held for the first time, we were unsure if the merit list will do justice to the students of Odisha. If the State quota is filled by outside students, it would mean that the students will leave the State after completing the course," said Dr Sitaram Mohapatra, who has been designated as the nodal officer from the Department of Health and Welfare to the OJEE Committee.
As per the proposal, the CBSE will prepare a list of 4,000 candidates for admission into the government and private colleges for MBBS, BDS seats in the first phase so that all seats are filled up by students strictly from the State. For preparing the list, the CBSE has even agreed to take in those with less percentile in the NEET.
The State has, for a long time, been facing scarcity of doctors in the peripheral hospitals. Including 324 doctors in the three medical colleges, stands at 4,362 in the State.
So far, 3,936 posts have been filled up while 426 are lying vacant. The Government has roped in doctors on contractual basis to fill in the huge gap in last one year.
Besides, it has also decided to increase the retirement age of doctors working in the three medical colleges and hospitals in the State from 60 to 65 years.
Meanwhile, the OJEE, which will hold counselling and admission as per the merit list and reservation policies, has already begun the registration process for Green Card and Ex-servicemen candidates to ensure timely admission of the candidates. Similarly, registration of candidates with disability has also started so that medical board can be convened.