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Three-year rural service made compulsory for students of Odisha government medical colleges

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has said that students taking admission in state-run medical colleges will have to sign a bond making a commitment that they will serve in backward areas as posted by the government for three years or refund the cost of education, which could be Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.

The MBBS/BDS students will have to serve for three years in the backward areas or else pay Rs 5 lakh to the state. In the case of postgraduate (MD/MS) and super-speciality courses (DM/MCh), the students will have to either serve for three years in the same region or pay Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh respectively.

For the past three years, MBBS and BDS students taking admission under state quota seats were making commitment to work in rural areas. However, the new rule applies to all students, including those students taking admission under the 15% AIPMT (all India pre-medical entrance test) quota, from undergraduate to post doctoral level. [Source: ToI]

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