MUMBAI: Even as students welcomed the Maharashtra government’s decision to review its decision to allow others from outside the state to apply for seats in medical colleges, they are worried about the delay in admissions.
On Monday, the Maharashtra government decided to delay the announcement of the first seat allotment list for state quota in government-run and private medical and dental institutes as the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) filed a review petition in the Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court, pleading that only students clearing Class 10 and 12 from the state should be eligible for seats under 85% state quota.
The state had relaxed admission rules and allowed students who completed Class 10 in another state but studied Class 12 in Maharashtra to apply for medical seats. Medical aspirants are opposing this, saying those from outside Maharashtra are eating into the quota for state students.
“Our aim was to finish at least the first round of admission before July-end so that the academic session starts by August 1 in most institutes. The delay will affect the process,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
According to the original admission schedule announced by DMER in the last week of June, students’ documents were to be verified by the state before the release of the first seat allotment list after July 30. The Medical Council of India (MCI) released a circular in the last week of June, requesting uniformity in medical and dental admissions across the country. A schedule had been shared by the MCI, according to which the first round of medical counselling and seat allotment should be over by July 31.
DMER decided to do away with the verification process and directly announced the first seat allotment list on July 25.
The review petition will come up for hearing on Wednesday.