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Maharashtra to get five new private medical colleges this year

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved five of the seven private colleges that were waiting for clearance to admit students this year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 27, 2017 19:56 IST
Shreya Bhandary
This year, DMER also announced a rise in the number of seats available in government-run and deemed institutes. With five more private medical and dental institutes in state getting clearance, the total number of seats available in private institutes will also go up.
This year, DMER also announced a rise in the number of seats available in government-run and deemed institutes. With five more private medical and dental institutes in state getting clearance, the total number of seats available in private institutes will also go up. (HT)

Maharashtra will soon have five more private medical colleges.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved five of the seven private colleges that were waiting for clearance to admit students this year.

The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) recently released the admission brochure with details of the upcoming admission season. An update of the brochure, originally released on June 20, has given parents and students reason to cheer as it includes the new colleges have been included in the list.

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“On the first day, the brochure said all colleges in the state were open for admission this year but seven colleges had an asterix beside their names as they were yet to get the final nod. Five of them have now been cleared, which is a huge relief for all of us,” said the parent of an aspirant. All colleges waiting for the MCI approval were run by private managements and the two institutes still awaiting clearance are in Dhule and Mayani in Satara.

This year, DMER also announced a rise in the number of seats available in government-run and deemed institutes. With five more private medical and dental institutes in state getting clearance, the total number of seats available in private institutes will also go up. There are approximately 6,300 seats available in government, private and deemed medical and dental institutes in the state at present. The final figure on the number of seats, however, will be released by the DMER by this weekend before registrations for state medical admissions begin.

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Parents also hope that the remaining colleges receive clearance soon, to avoid last minute chaos during admissions. “Last year, only two colleges were waiting for clearance till August or September and that led to chaos towards the end of the admission season. Even students who were already admitted withdrew their admission and ran to the two new ones. We hope the government avoids such last minute changes this time,” said Sudha Shenoy, another parent.

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