A day after students were told that admissions to medical and dental courses in private and deemed institutes will be carried out by a centralised process, they were still fumbling.
Students said they are unsure whether centralised admissions means a combined merit list for both categories, because if that is not so, students will have little time to choose an institute in this round of admission.
Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) officials said students should fill separate forms and wait for instructions. “If deemed and private institutes go ahead with separate preference list forms as well as merit lists, a student will have to choose an institute in the first go itself because it’ll be a tedious process to first confirm seat in a deemed institute and then seek a refund if they get a seat in a private institute of their choice,” said Rajesh Jain, state member for Parents’ Association for Medical Students (PAMS).
He added that students are still unsure about the number of seats that will be considered under the institutional quota which cannot be accessed based on National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) scores.
While officials from the state Common Entrance Test (CET) cell and DMER are yet to release a proper schedule for admissions, only the dates for filling form have been put up on the DMER website. Students eligible for admissions can fill up forms online between August 21 and August 24. “Once there’s more clarity, we will release another circular,” said an official from DMER.
Many deemed institutes in the state said they have started the process of accepting forms without waiting for the state government’s final nod. “We are following the Supreme Court ruling which is clear that medical and dental admissions should be conducted based on NEET. We have already received 1,600 applications for 200 seats and will release our merit list accordingly,” said Dr Shashank Dalvi, vice-chancellor of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in Loni, Ahmednagar. Some managements said that any interference by the state government might push them to take the matter to court.