PARENTS OF medical aspirants have raised concerns over the entry system in medical and dental colleges in Maharashtra ahead of the admission process next year, in order to avoid the confusion that occurred in this year’s admissions. With the tentative date of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) announced, parents now demand an early decision on the admission process and seats reserved under Maharashtra domicile.
At least 30 parents organised a meeting on Saturday to discuss their experience during the last admission season. They decided to demand a streamlined admission process next year and intend to state this in a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Monday.
During the admission season 2016-17, the delayed decision on conducting all medical and dental admissions through NEET disrupted the process, causing distress to many aspirants. The process was mired in confusion owing to the difference in curriculum of NEET from the state-run Common Entrance Test (CET). In the confusion, aspirants ended up reserving seats in multiple colleges. The to-and-fro over the decision on counselling sessions for government and deemed colleges added to the hassle.
In order to mitigate these lapses, the parents have demanded a well-defined counselling and admission process. “We also want confirmation on whether 85 per cent seats are reserved for Maharashtra domicile students in private and unaided medical colleges,” said Mahendra Choudhuri, a parent from Mumbai.
The parents also demanded that the exact number of seats across the state be made known at the earliest. They have sought information on new colleges and the expected increase in seats. Two new colleges were granted permission to start classes this year only days before the admission process ended, increasing the number of available seats. With spot admissions, the situation worsened as parents and aspirants rushed to colleges to secure a spot.
To curtail multiple reservation of seats, the parents demanded the float and freeze system, similar to the engineering process, wherein a student can either change the college or navigate through different courses in the same college without affecting the other applicants. The parents will on Monday write to the commissioner of CET Cell and the DMER seeking clarity on their concerns, said Choudhuri.
Meanwhile, Pravin Shinghare, director of DMER, said that none of the parents had come forward with written complaints regarding this year’s admission process. Shinghare confirmed that the 85 per cent reservation for Maharashtra domicile in private and unaided colleges would be applicable from 2017, adding that the parents’ demand for clarity on the number of seats would be conveyed to the central government.
“The grants for new colleges come from the Centre. We will take the parents’ demand forward and strongly recommend an early decision on the number of seats,” said Shinghare. He said the other demands would be looked into.