The Bombay high court on Tuesday imposed a conditional stay on the state government’s resolution that made it mandatory for all private institutes and deemed universities a centralised admission process to MBBS and BDS courses based on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scores.
The order paves the way for all the eight deemed universities in the state to conduct their own counselling sessions for those students who make it to the NEET merit list and allot them seats accordingly.
A bench of Justices Shantanu Kemkar and MS Karnik, however, directed the deemed universities to ensure that the counselling sessions are granted only to those students who find a spot on the NEET merit list and that the admission process is completed within the September 30 deadline set by the Supreme Court.
With the court ruling, parents and students are now wondering if the process will get over before September 30. With admission to private institutes still in the process of counselling students, parents are worried that students will still be at a loss.
Separate merit lists for private institutes and one each for each of the 10 deemed institutes in the state will leave students guessing till September-end. “If our child’s name appears in a deemed institute first, we will have to pay the fees and block the seat. We will have no time to wait and check if she gets through in a private institute where the fee is less,” said Jagdeep Shah, a parent.
Many parents have also raised objection to the cost of admission forms at deemed institute which amount to Rs4,000 to Rs5,000 a course. “The SC had made it clear that NEET should lead to a common admission process, but what is happening is exactly the opposite in the state. We are paying around Rs80,000 just to fill up forms and fees too is very high in deemed institutes,” said another parent.
Before the Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) could update circulars on their website on Tuesday, making it clear that only private admissions will be conducted by the state, some students went by the earlier circulars and tried entering names of deemed institutes in their preference list. “The rule is clear now and deemed institutes will conduct their separate admissions process. We will only look at admissions to private institutes only,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of DMER.
While the admission process to MBBS and BDS courses in the state is set for the current academic year, Shingare said they might fight for centralised admissions for next academic year. “We didn’t want any more delay but within a month or two, we might take deemed institutes back to court on this matter,” added Shingare.