The state government has, once again, approached the Supreme Court of India for more time to finish admissions to vacant seats in government and private medical and dental institutes in the state. The SC designated deadline for the same was September 30, but many institutes have been left with vacant seats both in MBBS and BDS courses even post the deadline.
“It has come to our notice that many institutes in the state have vacancies and since there are many students still looking for admission, we thought it’ll be better to have another round of admission to fill up these seats,” said Dr Pravin Shingare director Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). HT on Sunday had reported about a Dhule-based medical institute that has also approached SC for more time to finish admissions to the 15 seats that lie vacant in the institute.
Since Friday, many parents gave approached the DMER to look into these vacant seats in various government and private institutes before colleges convert them into management seats. Many are also worried that without any government control, it’ll be very easy for institutes as well as touts to exploit students who are desperately looking for admissions this year. “The minute government takes away their focus from these institutes, allotment of the remaining vacant seats will be at the mercy of these institutes and this might also give an opportunity for ‘agents’ to demand more money from parents for allotment to these particular seats, which we are fighting against,” said Rajeev K, a parent from Sangli.
According to managements of private medical institutes, more seats have gone vacant in colleges in rural Maharashtra as students from other states have withdrawn admissions in the last couple of days. “This has left us with more vacant seats and we hope the SC gives us the much needed extension to conduct one last round of admission and allot these seats to interested and eligible students,” said the spokesperson of a Latur based medical institute.
Last week, the state Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) had approached the SC for an extension in deadline to finish the admission process at government and private medical and dental colleges. While deemed institutes in the state were granted time till October 7, the same was rejected for government and private institutes by the SC and the state was asked to stick to the September 30 deadline.