ON THE last day of admission of students to medical colleges, chaos broke out between parents of candidates and admission officials over eligibility and cancellation of earlier admissions. The officials had to call police when the situation worsened. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had called eligible candidates from across the country to JJ Hospital in Mumbai for counselling and spot admissions. As requested by parents, the DMER started with medical seats.
However, some candidates and parents were miffed when the DMER refused to grant admissions to those who had already taken admission in earlier rounds and could not produce original documents even if the candidates were willing to cancel the previous admissions. The situation worsened when DMER halted the process for a couple of hours leaving parents confused. “First, the DMER refused students who could not produce originals. Then the entire process was stopped,” said Mahendra Choudhari, a parent.
According to Pravin Shinghare, Director of DMER, the process was halted because some students had moved the Aurangabad bench of the HC to challenge DMER’s decision to deny admissions for not producing original certificates. “We halted the process at 12:30pm and were waiting for the court’s decision. This was informed to the parents,” said Shinghare. “We received the order by 2:30pm when the lunch break was over. The process was resumed immediately,” he said.
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According to Shinghare, after the order came, a spat ensued between candidates who wanted to cancel their earlier admissions and those who were waiting for fresh allotments. “Despite putting up the court order at various places, the situation became out of control and we had to call the police,” said Shinghare adding that when the 40-odd medical seats were filled, the situation improved.
Meanwhile, deemed colleges continued their admission process at their respective colleges on the last day. With this, admission to medical and dental courses came to an end. “At the end of the day all medical and dental seats in private, government and deemed colleges will be frozen,” said Shinghare.
Parents and candidates, however, were not happy with the entire process. “Many parents from all over the country had reached Mumbai within a few hours’ notice. The DMER had called many people for very few seats,” said Choudhari. “The benefit of a centralized admission is that it is hassle-free but this year’s admission process has been anything but that,” said Ruiee Kapoor, another parent.