While a petition in the Bombay high court (HC) has imposed a stay on admissions to private medical and dental colleges, students whose names have already appeared in the provisional merit lists of deemed institutes fear that they might have to repeat the process. The state has once again dragged these institutes to the Supreme Court (SC).
“We are clinging our hopes to the seats allotted in deemed institutes, but with this new (HC) case, the court might ask the entire process to be redone. How is this fair to us?” asked the parent of a student. Many parents are now worried that the state might not manage to stick to the September 30 deadline set by the SC to complete medical admissions. “This has been pure torture on our children since April this year. There’s still no clarity,” added the mother.
Last week, 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. The Directorate Medical Education & Research (DMER) rules specify that 85% of the seats are supposed to be kept aside for state students . As per the interim order by HC on Wednesday, the DMER has now invited applications and preference forms from students outside the state. “We are not sure if students will have to reapply for admissions to private institutes,” said a student. To be safe, many students have decided to redo the process for private institutes in the state. The hearing in the HC was adjourned till September 14. A group of parents on Thursday met Raj Thackeray on the issue on Thursday.
Private institutes seek autonomy:
*In April 2016, the Supreme Court dissolved all state conducted Common Entrance Tests (CETs) and made the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) the only test compulsory for admissions to MBBS and BDs courses across the country
*In May 2016, the President approves an ordinance making CETs applicable only for admission to government-run medical and dental institutes only for the 2016-17 academic year. The ordinance stipulated that NEET will be the only test applicable for MBBS and BDS admissions from 2017 onwards
*Maharashtra announced MH-CET results on June 1, and the the Directorate Medical Education & Research (DMER) starts admission to MBBS and BDS seats in government-run institutes. Meanwhile, the CBSE declared NEET (phases I & II) results on August 16
*Four deemed institutes filed a petition in the Bombay high court, seeking exception from a common admissions process in Maharashtra, stating that they are governed by the UGC and cannot be forced to follow state rules. The HC ruled in the favour of deemed institutes and allowed them to conduct their separate admissions process on the basis of NEET scores
*A Nashik-based private dental institute sought the right to admit only on the basis of merit, and not on domicile status, because at present, the DMER rules specify that 85% of the seats are supposed to be kept aside only for students from the state
*The Bombay HC stayed admissions to private medical and dental institutes
*The state government once again took deemed institutes to the SC, seeking their inclusion in a common admissions process in Maharashtra for this academic year