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National entrance test no longer mandatory for undergrad nursing programme in Maharashtra

As seats remain vacant in nursing colleges, state government passes GR that science students can apply with their Class 12 scores and don’t need to have appeared for NEET

mumbai Updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:04 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
NEET is no longer compulsory for students who want to do the undergraduate nursing programme from colleges in Maharashtra.(HT File)

With few takers for the BSc Nursing programme, the Maharashtra government has decided to allow students who have not appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to seek admissions to the course this year.

On Monday, the state issued a government resolution (GR) announcing the decision. As per the GR, nursing colleges will accept applications based on the students’ Class 12 scores in the science stream to fill vacant seats. The state’s common entrance test (CET) cell will hold a centralised admission process (CAP) for students who have applied for these seats. If any seats are left vacant after the CAP, they will be filled at the institute level.

Enrolment in nursing colleges across Maharashtra has been low for the past few years. Last year, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had asked the state government to forego the need for an entrance test for admission to BSc Nursing, after around 1,000 seats remained vacant.

After Class 12, many students opt for the more affordable diploma course in nursing, instead of the undergraduate programme. Also, nursing is not a very popular career choice because of low salaries and work pressure.

Until 2016, admission to private dental and medical colleges in the state took place on the basis of NEET scores, following a Supreme Court order. However, admissions to state-run medical and dental colleges and all private and government institutes offering allied health science courses were through the CET scores. This year, the state decided to use NEET for all health science courses for private as well as government colleges.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 15:04 IST