Students seeking admission to undergraduate Ayush courses in Maharashtra were in for a shock after the first round of seat allotment on Wednesday. A total of 48 colleges offering Ayush courses are currently out of the system as they await necessary approvals. As a result, the total number of seats dropped drastically leading to soaring high cut-off marks resulting in many students without seats.
The Ayush medical courses include Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS-Ayurveda), Bachelor of Homeopathic and Surgery (BHMS-Homeopathy) and Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS-Unani).
Admission to these courses in the state is conducted by the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG).
According to information provided by the CET Cell, a total of 151 colleges offer Ayush medical courses. However, of these 102 are permitted to admit students whereas 48 of them are awaiting permission. Of the 83 colleges for BAMS courses, only 51 can admit students whereas 32 need permission. In the case of BHMS courses, of the 60 colleges, 11 are awaiting permission. Of the total 7 colleges offering BUMS, only two have the required permission.
“These colleges are waiting for required approval from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). They will be included in the process of admissions, as and when the approvals are granted,” said a CET Cell spokesperson, adding that at the time of declaration of seat-matrix all seats are shown as colleges are still in the process to submit their approvals.
“As the first round of seat allotment for all these courses was declared on Wednesday evening, many candidates were left confused after having no allotment and a very high cut-off score,” said Sudha Sehnoy, a parent representative. She added that this was due to a sudden drop in the number of total seats as all these colleges were kept out.
Explaining the high cut-off, Shenoy said that the BAMS cut-off, which generally is below 450 for government colleges was as high as 470 on Wednesday. “This is a repeat of what happened after the first round of seat allotment for the medical post-graduation courses. The approvals should be finalised before the seat matrix is declared to avoid any such confusion,” she said.