Admissions to the first batch of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Bhubaneswar have been completed with all the 50 seats being filled up.
On Monday, 30 students took admission during the joint counselling for vacant seats.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had asked students, who were selected for the admission on the basis of the all- India AIIMS entrance examination on June 1, to turn up on the New Delhi campus by August 10 for verification of their certificates and other credentials and depositing admission fees.
Accordingly, only 20 students had then enrolled for the Bhubaneswar campus.
Director of the AIIMSBhubaneswar, Ashok Mohapatra, said, “As on today, we have completed the admissions for all the 50 seats in the first batch. All the students have deposited the admission fee of Rs 20,000 each.”
However, the authorities concerned are still undecided on a date to begin the classes.
The director said even as the students have paid the fees, they are open to opt out of the course or change the campus.
“So we will have to wait for some more days to see how many students report to the Bhubaneswar campus. A high-level meeting will be organised next week where everything related to functioning of the Bhubaneswar campus will be decided,” the director said.
As per a ruling of the Supreme Court, classes for medical education have to begin by September 30. Meanwhile, construction of the campus at Sijua, on the outskirts of the City, is in full swing.
Mohapatra added that work on classrooms will be completed in a week.
As far as accommodation is concerned, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar authorities in coordination with Khurda administration are exploring accommodation for students and faculty near the Sijua campus.