Regarding Maharashtra medical seats, It’s been more than 24 hours since the results for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2016 were declared, but students in Maharashtra are still waiting for an update on the rules for admissions to deemed and private institutes.
There’s no update yet regarding when exactly the state government plans to announce the specifics of the admission processes.
Interestingly, the health ministry published a circular on August 9 suggesting that admissions to all deemed and private institutes could be conducted through a centralized process.
“Based on the circular, we have tentatively decided to go ahead with the centralized admissions process, but we are yet to get the final nod from the state Common Entrance Test (CET) cell,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER), as reported by the Hindustan Times.
Shingare further stated that the final rules or the admission process for the coming academic session will be declared only after a circular affirming centralized admissions for both private and deemed medical and dental institutes is made available in the public domain.
He assured that once that is accomplished, the schedule for admissions will also be announced.
However, the stand of the state CET cell was somewhat different. It said that the move can not be implemented unless and until the legal aspects concerning the same are not fully understood.
Chandrashekhar Oak, the state CET commissioner, clarified his department’s stand by saying that the rules followed by deemed, private, and government institutes are generally vastly different. Therefore, he added, a centralized and single-window admission process may not be feasible.
Oak expressed hope that a solution will be reached once the government convenes a meeting in the coming days.
The fact that the neighboring states including Gujarat have already announced the admission rules is adding to the frustration of the students in Maharashtra.
“The Gujarat government has already released its admission rules, which has helped students plan their admissions, said Rajesh Jain, member, Parents Association for Medical Students.
“If the Maharashtra government doesn’t start admissions soon, students may have trouble meeting the September 30 deadline ordered by the Supreme Court.”