The Supreme Court order on reviving a common entrance test has had both the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and private deemed universities adopt a wait and watch attitude. “As of now we are geared up for the statewide common entrance test — MHT-CET — for medical and professional courses to be held on May 5,” Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of DMER, told The Indian Express.
“So far there are no instructions from the Centre. The admission process is already underway and more than four lakh students have filled forms online for the statewide exam. Postgraduate admissions to medical courses have been completed in January and the statewide MHT-CET is on schedule,” Shingare said.
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The Supreme Court on Monday recalled its 2013 verdict quashing a Medical Council of India (MCI) notification, mandating a common National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) both for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses in government and private institutions. This means that no college, including more than 600 privately run and minority medical institutions across the country, will be allowed to conduct its own entrance examination in order to select students.
In Maharashtra, there are 15 government medical colleges and another 36 private medical colleges which are linked to the MHT-CET. There are eight deemed universities, including three in Pune, which conducts their own entrance exam for medical courses. At Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed university, Dr Sanjay Lalwani, medical director, said the entrance exam had been scheduled for May 7.
“We welcome the verdict but for the academic year 2016, the entire admission process is already rolled out and more than 10,000 students have applied for 150 medical seats at Bharati Vidyapeeth medical college in Pune and another 150 seats at the institution’s college in Sangli. We will have to wait and watch for the next few days. At present, the exam is on schedule,” he said.
At Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences deemed university, Vice Chancellor Dr S D Dalvi said that the legal cell was interpreting the SC order and till such time “we will have to wait and watch”.
However, at Pravara too, the admission process is underway and the exam is scheduled for May 7. At D Y Patil deemed university, the CEO of the medical college, Dr Amarjit Singh, said the entrance exam has been scheduled in May and admission process too is underway. Pune district liaison officer for MHT-CET, Dr Nandkishore Kukade said this year there are as many as 44,390 candidates who have passed Std XI applying for the statewide entrance exam from Pune, 12,000 from Satara, 180,00 from Ahmednagar and 14,919 from Solapur.