MUMBAI: A day after the Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) released the admission brochure and schedule for health science courses in the state, parents and students said they weren’t happy with the lengthy admission process. The admissions are scheduled to begin on June 28 and will end in the first week of August.
“Even though registration for admissions will start from June 28, the first seat allotment list will only be released after July 27. There’s absolutely no need to drag this process on for so long,” said Sudha Shenoy, a parent. She added that despite the delay in releasing the admission brochure, the DMER’s plan has many loopholes.
Many were also surprised to see that seven private institutes were yet to receive clearance from the Medical Council of India. “Last year, only two colleges were waiting for clearance till August-September and that had led to much chaos towards the end of the admission season as students rushed to grab those seats. This year, with the future of seven colleges in the balance, I can’t imagine the chaos it will cause,” added Shenoy.
This year too the DMER will conduct two rounds of admission through a Common Admission Process (CAP) and the colleges will have to fill the remaining seats. However, DMER authorities had promised a ‘mop-up’ round for all the remaining seats but that is not been mentioned in the brochure. “We were promised a centralised process for the vacant seats so that students don’t have to run between several colleges. But there’s no mention of such a process in the brochure,” said another parent.
Most are now waiting for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results in order to get better clarity.
“Hopefully once the results are declared, DMER will have much clearer instructions for all. We don’t want to put up with another year of a delayed start to the academic session,” said Manash Jain, a student. NEET results are expected on or before June 26 and DMER is hoping to start the academic session by August 1 this year.