NEET-based merit list released by DMER

The state government had challenged the high court judgement claiming a centralised admission process was more convenient for aspirants.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 4, 2016 10:31 am

AFTER confusion over admissions to deemed medical universities, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Monday released a provisional merit list based on NEET scores.

Admission to the remaining medical and dental seats in deemed universities will be done based on the merit list, said Pravin Shinghare, Director of DMER. Last month, after a high court hearing, several deemed universities admitted students based on a separate university-level merit list, leaving many parents and aspirants in confusion over the admission process. The state government had challenged the high court judgement claiming a centralised admission process was more convenient for aspirants.

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On September 28, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the government and allowed the DMER to conduct admissions till October 7. The apex court had, however, regularised all admissions to deemed universities till September 16. There are more than 1,700 seats in deemed universities. Shinghare said most seats had been filled.

“Around 400 seats in dental colleges and 430 in medical colleges are vacant and admissions to these will be based on the merit list declared on Monday,” said Shinghare.

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Meanwhile, admissions to private and government colleges were completed on September 30 but the DMER had sought an extension of date to October 7 from the Supreme Court. Even as the SC heard the DMER’s appeal today, it deferred the decision to Thursday.

Shinghare said around 20 seats were still vacant in private and government colleges and an extension will help the DMER to fill these seats.

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