Medical PG admissions: Govt loses battle in SC, State students in a fix

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 11:07:38

By Vikas Vaidya,

■Parents run from pillar to post to secure admissions for their wards in good colleges 

■ Chaos brings down number of merit students 

MAHARASHTRA Government, on Friday, lost its battle in the Supreme Court, of getting 67 per cent seats of State domicile in private medical colleges and deemed universities. As a result,the State student shave to compete with those from outside Maharashtra for admission to medical Post-Graduate (PG) courses. The admission process has gained momentum, and parents of the aspirants have started running from pillar to post to secure admissions in good colleges for their wards. Last year, National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) was made mandatory for admissions to UnderGraduate and Post-Graduate courses inall medical colleges across the country.

The non-State domicile students are admitted under 15 per cent quota of the total intake. The admission process was going on as usual till a Government Resolution (GR) was issued on April 27 last. As per the GR, the students who were not domicile of Maharashtra were not allowed admission to medical collegesin State. State Government also had argued that the students of the State should get quota of 67 percent in private medical colleges and deemed universities.

The battle reached the Court as four students knocked the doors of the High Court. State Government lost its case in the Supreme Court and admission process began.But the fiascohas created more confusion and problems for students. For instance, a student of Nagpur who got admission in a Rajkot medical college in All India quota and was calculated to get admission to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur if State starts admission process, now has got listed for Government Medical College in Nanded. A candidate who was supposed to get admission in JJHospital, now has to be satisfied with admission to Pathology in Tata Hospital.

In other states, private medical colleges and deemed universities have to keep at least 50 per cent seats for local domicile students. The meritorious students of Maharashtra, aspiring to get admissions to PG course of health sciences in State itself, are now finding themselves in trouble and have to be satisfied wherever they get admissions. Surprisingly, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) did not include the seats of private medical colleges in counseling round.A parentwhile talking to‘TheHitavada’ alleged that DMER had allowed these colleges to fill up their own PG seats.

When contacted, DMER officials refused to answer the query. At this stage, the process in other states and even at all Indialevel has entered into second round. Some parents raised objections as to why the in-service candidates were given the benefit of additional 10 marks. According to DMER, this additional benefit was given to the in-service candidates as they worked in rural areas and they did not have any other opportunity.