BELOWAVERAGE RESPONSE Hope that more medical aspirants will apply in next rounds
MUMBAI: Many deemed (autonomous) institutes are not happy with the response they got in the first round of seat allotment by the Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS). Some institutes said as many as half their seats remained vacant.
“Till 2015, we conducted admissions and never had enough seats left for a third round. This year, the response for the first round is not great as more than 50% of the seats are still vacant,” said the spokesperson of a deemed medical institute in Pune.
He added that most deemed institutes across the country were facing similar problems and were hoping to get a better response in the next round, the list for which will be announced on August 8.
Shashank Dalvi, vice-chancellor of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in Ahmednagar, said a possible reasons for the large number of vacant seats could be that admissions to deemed institutes started before the common admissions to government and private institutes. “Deemed institutes are usually the second option. If students get state seats, they withdraw their applications (from deemed medical institutes),” he said.
Last year, all medical and dental institutes —public, private and deemed — were directed to admit students through a centralised system under the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET).
Several private and deemed institutes in Maharashtra filed writ petitions to get exemption from the common admission process (CAP) conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
The Supreme Court had the final word on this process in May, making it clear that admissions to seats in public and private institutes would be conducted by DMERs of respective states.
It also directed DGHS to allot seats to all deemed institutes and those students from outside a particular state under the All India Quota (AIQ).
There are 1,800 medical and dental seats in deemed institutes — one of every four medical seats — in Maharashtra.
“The first round of allotment wasn’t as per our expectation, but we hope the same will pick up pace in the second round. While admissions to government quota and AIQ seats are ongoing, we hope to attract more students to our institutes,” said Dalvi.
According to the admission schedule shared by DGHS, the second round will be announced on August 8.
It will be followed by a mop-up round (re-allotting vacant seats) on August 18. All seats that remain vacant after this round will be handed over to respective institutes by August 27 to be filled up at the institute level.
“We don’t want any vacant seats this year,” added Shashank Dalvi.