Medical and dental admissions done by deemed universities up to September 16 have been regularised by a Supreme Court order on Wednesday while the vacant seats will be filled by the state through a centralised admission process, Maharashtra’s Director of Medical Education and Research Dr Pravin Shingare said.
The SC order for combined counselling for all vacant medical seats in the state has come as a huge relief for deemed varsities and parents whose wards had already secured admission in colleges in the state. The court said the admissions already made would not get affected.
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By mid-September, a majority of students who had cleared National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year had secured seats in various colleges.
The SC order has ended the confusion that had persisted over medical admissions to the deemed varsities.
Dr Shingare said there were eight deemed universities with 10 medical colleges in the state. There are 1,800 medical seats and a majority of the admissions have been completed. The remaining 300 seats will be filled as per the SC order, he said.
The apex court has said that the admission process has to be completed by October 7.
It may be recalled that the fate of several medical students who had cleared NEET was resting in the hands of the SC as the Maharashtra government and deemed universities in the state had differed over who had the right to hold counselling sessions. The Bombay HC had allowed deemed universities in Maharashtra to hold their own counselling sessions for the admissions but made it clear they would admit students strictly on the basis of the ranking in NEET.
The Maharashtra government had challenged the Bombay HC order, contending that the centralised admission process made it easier for students as they did not have to apply separately to each college.
The apex court had stayed the Bombay HC order of August 30 till September 19.
The SC on has now regularised the admissions done till September 16 while the vacant seats will now be filled through centralised admission process.
Vivek Saoji, Dean of Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed university’s medical college, said that out of 127 medical students, at least 16 had cancelled admissions and taken admission in private medical colleges. Parents pointed out that they feared the admissions to the deemed varsities medical colleges would have been cancelled and in the process they would also lose their claim on the seats offered by private medical and dental colleges.
“It has been a long process for admissions to medical and dental colleges and there has been a great deal of confusion,” parents said while reacting to the SC order.
At Pravara institute of Medical Sciences, authorities said all their medical seats were filled while some of the seats at the dental colleges were vacant.