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Medical college admissions could be delayed in Maharashtra due to review of domicile quota

The DMER will file a review petition in court today seeking permission to allow only students who have cleared class 10 and 12 exams from Maharashtra to apply for seats.

education Updated: Jul 25, 2017 12:08 IST
Medical aspirants have opposed the Maharashtra government’s decision to relax admission rules for students completing Class 10 in another state but Class 12 in Maharashtra and allow them to apply for medical seats in the state.
Medical aspirants have opposed the Maharashtra government’s decision to relax admission rules for students completing Class 10 in another state but Class 12 in Maharashtra and allow them to apply for medical seats in the state. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Even as students celebrate the Maharashtra government’s decision to review its decision to allow others from outside the state to apply for seats in the state’s medical colleges, they are worried about delays in admissions.

On Monday, the Maharashtra government decided to delay the announcement of the first seat allotment list for state quota in government-run and private medical and dental institutes as the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) filed a review petition in the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court, pleading that only students clearing class 10 and 12 from the state should be eligible for seats under 85% state quota. The state had relaxed admission rules and allowed students who completed Class 10 in another state but Class 12 in Maharashtra to seek medical seats in the state. This is being opposed by medical aspirants and their parents who think that students from outside Maharashtra are eating into the seat quota for state students.

“Our aim was to finish at least the first round of admission before the end of this month so that the academic session starts by August 1 in most institutes. This delay will affect the process majorly,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).

According to the original admission schedule announced by DMER in the last week of June, students’ documents were to be verified by the state before the release of the first seat allotment list after July 30. However, the Medical Council of India (MCI) released a circular in the last week of June, requesting for uniformity in medical and dental admissions across the country. A schedule had been shared by MCI, according to which the first round of medical counselling and seat allotment should be over by July 31.

DMER decided to do away with the verification process and directly announce the first seat allotment list on July 25. Documents of students claiming seats in state quota were to be verified by individual colleges at the time of admission. Parents, however, had raised objections to the same. “Many students were claiming seats without proper documents, so why not cull them out first and then announce lists for candidates who are genuinely eligible for the seat?” asked one of the parents.

Last week, HT had reported how from the 50,400 applications received by state government for a seat under government quota, 400 applications were rejected due to lack of appropriate documents. “We could only verify documents of 15,000 students and the rest were supposed to be verified at the time of admission. Now we hope to clear this process by the end of today so that the list can be announced tomorrow,” added Shingare.

Meanwhile, the DMER will file a review petition in court today seeking permission to allow only those students clearing class 10 and 12 exams from the state to apply for seats. On July 7, the court had relaxed the domicile rule which allowed students who appeared for class 10 from other states to be eligible for seats under the state quota.