Medical aspirants and their parents gathered at the Bombay High Court on Tuesday morning, only to be told that the ambiguity surrounding MBBS and BDS admissions in private institutes will stay for another day as the Bombay High Court postponed the hearing on private medical admissions to Wednesday. This means medical admissions in private institutes across Maharashtra will be stalled by another day and students and parents have no choice but to wait for clarity in the admissions process and hope that there’s no further delay in the process.
The only feature that brought joy to the parents was seeing other parents come all the way from cities like Sangli, Satara, Pune as well as Pandharpur joining them to intervene the ongoing matter in court. “We filed an intervention on the ongoing case, where private medical colleges are demanding that 85% of their seats be filled by merit and not for those with state domicile. It was good to see support pour in from different parts of the state, which shows how grave the issue is,” said one of the parents. She added that a group of parents from Amravati have also filed another intervention in the same matter.
“This mix-up of rules and regulations have been thrown at us since April this year (when the Supreme Court started hearing the case on compulsion of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for all MBBS and BDS aspirants), and four months later, we are still struggling for admissions,” said Ashwini Shenoy, one of the students.
The HC stayed admissions to private medical and dental institutes in the state after a petition filed by a Nashik-based private dental institute sought the right to admit only on the basis of merit, and not domicile because at present, the Directorate Medical Education & Research (DMER) rules specify that 85% of the seats are supposed to be kept aside only for students from the state. In its hearing on Wednesday, the court will bring clarity on this rule whether 85% should be kept aside only for students who are domiciles of the state.
Parents have decided to hold another silent protest on Wednesday morning outside the court. “The 85% domicile rule was assured to us by the Supreme Court, so the state government should take a clear stand. For the past four months we’ve been living by the various court orders and till date there’s no clarity. The HC needs to give us the much needed relief, our children have been struggling with depression ever since this saga began,” said Ruiee Kapoor, a parent.
Two weeks ago, four deemed institutes in the state sought relief from centralised admissions as per state rules, saying that they are governed by the central government. They were granted relief and ever since, all the 10 deemed institutes have already started releasing their merit lists for MBBS and BDS aspirants. Once this stay is lifted, admissions to private institutes too will take off. As per the SC order of April 2016, all admissions to medical and dental institutes should get over on or before September 30 and the state government will have less than three weeks in order to keep up with this deadline.