Medical admission process under cloudas parents allege blatant violations

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Aug 2017 11:48:42

Staff Reporter,

THE ongoing medical admission process has come under sharp criticism of aggrieved parents and medical aspirants as the second list displayed by Deemed Universities and Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has names of hundreds of students who did not report to the allotted medical institutions in the first round.

Interestingly, in the Deemed Universities in Maharashtra, most of the seats have been secured by students from outside Maharashtra, who have very good All India Ranking. This has surprised many, including medical experts, since these students can very well secure admission in any of the Government-run medical college in their own state or in a private medical college, where fees are relatively less than the deemed university.

In most deemed universities, fees are at least two to three times more than private medical colleges.Parents claim that in most cases, these meritorious students have secured admission in Government-run colleges in their home states in the first round itself, even then their names figure in the All India quota or state list.

According to norms, a candidate whose name figures in the first round has to confirm the admission to take advantage of gradual progression in subsequent rounds of admissions.But according to a group of parents, who are very closely watching the entire medical admission process, the process is being systematically hoodwinked. They apprehended a foul play where these students with better NEET scores, who have blocked seats in Deemed Universities, would cancel the admissions on the eve of last round. These seats would then be filled from management quota for astronomical sums, they feared.

Unlike DMER, which is conducting admission process for GMCs and GDCs and Private Medical and Dental Colleges in Maharashtra, full list with roll numbers, all India ranking and details about home state are not displayed in both the rounds. This opaqueness around the admission process has created doubts in the minds of parents, who are consulting legal experts to challenge the entire process. It is unfair to Maharashtra domiciled students and aspirants who could have secured admission in Deemed Universities, on merit, in subsequent rounds.

Despite repeated efforts of the State and Centre to curb malpractices, even this year, many agents flaunting their proximity to managements of private medical colleges and deemed universities are promising confirmed admission for students, subject to payment of hefty donation and five times the regular fees to circumvent the entire admission process.

Even in DMER rounds, parents are apprehensive about fairness in allotting colleges to students. In one college located near Mumbai, 89 students, who were selected in very first round, did not join but their names again figured in the second list. As per norms, they should have been out of process in next round. “Most of them got new colleges in second round which is not possible without some tinkering with the system,” alleged a parent, who has painstakingly collected details of many such candidates. “It is a scam to deprive genuine and meritorious candidates from getting their legitimate due while favouring those with deep pockets,” said another affected parent.

The last date of reporting for those selected in second list is August 19, after which the aggrieved parents are likely to drag authorities and college managements to court for making mockery of the entire medical admission process.