To clear confusion about medical admissions, officials from the state medical education department will meet the managements of deemed medical institutes for a final discussion. While the state has made it clear that admission to 50% of postgraduate seats in all institutes will be conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER), their attempt to conduct common admission process to fill 85% of undergraduate seats in all medical institutes is yet to be finalised.
Earlier this month, two separate circulars were released by the MCI and the Centre stating that admissions to all medical and dental institutes will be conducted through a common process by the respective state government bodies. Despite this, the deemed institutes in the state are demanding an exemption form this. “Since the deemed institute are not ready to budge, we want to discuss this matter with them before they this any further,” said a senior official form the medical education department. He added, “The common entrance exam is meant to introduce uniformity to the medical education system, and common admission is the way to go,” he added.
While in 2016 the Bombay HC had allowed deemed institutes to conduct their own admissions, the Supreme Court had overturned this ruling. The apex court had once again ordered the state government to fill up the remaining vacant seats in deemed medical institutes in Maharashtra. Another petition was then filed in September by a deemed institute, seeking exemption from this rule in 2017 and the hearing on this petition will be held soon.
“Our institutes have been granted the autonomous status by the University Grants Commission and we cannot be forced to be part of a common admission process. We are not conducting a separate entrance test, we just to be allowed to fill up seats ourselves,” said the vice-chairperson of a deemed institute in Pune. He added that the meeting will not change their stand on this issue. “We will take this matter to the apex body, if need be,” he added.