PARENTS of medical aspirants are planning another attempt at securing seats for their wards in medical colleges, although the prospects look bleak. Parents will write to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) requesting that to start an “additional batch” for aspirants who were distressed by hitches in this year’s admission process.
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In a letter drafted for DMER, the parents have termed the NEET-CET debacle a “grave injustice” to aspirants. The letter said that as a compensation for the affected aspirants, the DMER should start an additional batch for the academic year 2016-17.
The concept of additional batch comes from an earlier precedence when the government allowed an additional intake after confusion over admission in 1977-78. At that time, the Medical Council of India had changed the eligibility criteria for medical admissions from Class X marks to Class XII marks. “In the academic year 1977-78, two generations of aspirants were eligible for admissions and hence the government instructed medical colleges to start additional batches,” said Devendra Sortey, a parent from Nagpur.
The parents have now requested the DMER to take a similar decision as more than 70 seats were vacant in various medical colleges across the state. “Owing to confusion over entrance exam and syllabi, this year’s batch of aspirants have been disadvantaged,” said Sortey who said that the confusion had resulted in several high scorers not securing seats even as those with low scores got admissions.
The letter, however, may not render any result, according to DMER Director Pravin Shinghare. He said the Supreme Court had refused the DMER’s proposal to fill vacancies and the order did not have any provision for an additional batch.