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HC stay on medical admissions: Parents seek legal help

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2016 00:14 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
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Parents of MBBS and BDS aspirants in the city have once again decided to knock the legal door for the admissions to private medical institutes in the state after the Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed the process.

A group of parents have already sought the help of a law firm and an intervention application will be filed in the high court on Saturday.

“The Bombay HC should not have accepted this petition in the first place because the Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) rules are binding to all private medical and dental colleges in the state. One by one all the institutes are going to court now and leading to further delay,” said one of the parents.

The HC’s decision follows a petition filed by a Nashik-based private dental institute seeking the right to admissions only on the basis of merit, and not domicile, because at present, DMER rules specify that 85% of the seats are to be kept aside only for students from the state. According to the previous admission schedule, DMER was supposed to finish the counselling process by September 2 and release a provisional selection list of students on September 3, which the government has now issued a stay on until their next hearing on September 6.

This delay in announcing a provisional selection list for admissions to private institutes also means that most of the deemed institutes in the state will have already announced one or more merit lists for admission to the 1,675 seats in 10 colleges. “The course fee is much higher here than that of private institutes but because of this delay , we will have to pay up to assure ourselves of a seat in any deemed institute as per the merit list. This has to be the worst medical admission season ever,” said another parent.

While the HC on Thursday asked state authorities to withhold the admission process and the provisional selection list until next week, students showed up in numbers at the Grant Government Medical College building on Friday — on the last day of counselling — to finish their counselling round. “The HC stay is on releasing the selection list, so we continued with the counselling process. Now we will wait for further instructions from the court,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director DMER.

The timeline

April 2016: The apex court recalls its decision and paves the way for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) to be held across all colleges

May 9, 2016: The state government files a review petition seeking either complete exemption from NEET or for it to be made applicable only from 2018

May 20, 2016: The Centre approves an ordinance, overturning the SC order that nullifies state-based entrance examinations

May 24, 2016: President of India signs an ordinance making state CET marks applicable for admissions only to government-run medical and dental institutes whereas private and deemed institutes seats will be allotted on the basis of NEET. 2017 onwards, NEET will be the only test applicable for MBBS and BDS admissions

June 1: MH-CET results announced, admissions to government run institutes begins

August 17: Results of NEET (phases I and II) announced and DMER issues a common admission schedule for allotment of seats in private as well as deemed institutes

August 23: Ahmednagar based deemed institute, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences files a writ petition in court seeking relief from centralised admissions as per state rules. Two days later three other deemed institutes filed another petition on similar grounds

August 30: Bombay HC rules in favour of deemed institutes, allows them to conduct their own admissions process and not follow the common admission schedule.

September 1: Nashik based private dental institute files a petition in Bombay High Court seeking relief from admitting students on the basis of state quota for 85% of their seats. HC withholds the admission process until September 6.