In order to fill all the vacant seats at various medical courses in Odisha, the second round of counseling began for 272 seats, including 235 from the state and 37 all-India quotas. The candidates must note that the process will continue till August 18. Admissions are being conducted to fill the the vacant seats at eight medical and two dental colleges of the state, including seven government and one private college.
The authorities have also stated that if the seats remain vacant after the second phase of admission, then counseling will be conducted on August 21 and 22. The first phase admission had been held between July 5 and 9 and classes for the session 2018-19 started from August 1.
In the first phase as many as students from the state and 130 students under the all-India quota seats had taken admission. In the second phase, the authorities will conduct counseling for 25 seats of the SCB Medical College in Cuttack and the MKCG Medical College in Berhampur. Around 12 seats still remain vacant at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Burla. Eleven and six seats each have been filled up at the government medical colleges in Baripada and Balangir. In Balasore and Koraput, the numbers of vacant seats remain 11 and eight, respectively. At the two dental colleges, the SCB and Hi-Tech, around 16 and 96 seats remain vacant.
Allotment is being made strictly on the basis of merit list of the state-prepared by the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) and according to the choice of subject and college locked by the candidate. "The counselling has been very encouraging for the government colleges, including those that started this year," said OJEE chairman Sudeep Kumar Chand.
Out of 32,301 candidates from the state, who had applied for the examination, only 19,600 qualified. Sameer Patro of Bhubaneswar secured all-India rank of 30. Another candidate from the state, Aarushi Kollana, has secured an all-India rank of 50.