The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to extend the admission date to October 7 for all government-run and private medical and dental institutes in Maharashtra.
With no extension , the DMER has asked all 36 institutes to stay open till 11pm on Friday so that vacant seats can be filled.
Earlier this week, the SC had allowed deemed medical and dental institutes to conduct admissions till October 7. However all government and private institutes will have to finish the procedure before midnight of September 30, as per the apex court’s April order.
“Admissions to private institutes were affected due to a petition filed in the Bombay high court. Similarly allotment of vacant seats in the 15% all India quota of government institutes were hit due to another ongoing case in SC. We had sought time to ensure no vacant seats are left, but are now helpless,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of DMER.
According to the schedule by DMER, all institutes had to finish admissions by September 29. However, two institutes—Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, Talegaon and Maharashtra Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Latur—got approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently and their merit lists were released earlier this week. Parents had complained the first list of these institutes had names of students who have sought admissions in other institutes. “This means many seats will remain vacant even post September 30. We have not yet been informed about the procedure to fill up vacant seats,” said a parent.
DMER officials told HT that the aim of extending the admission deadline to 11pm is to ensure no seats go vacant in any institute. All institutes have been asked to submit a detailed list of seat allotment in their respective institutes and courses by Saturday morning. “This will give us an idea of how many seats will still remain vacant. Hopefully there’ll be none vacant,” Shingare added.