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Medical/Dental Admissions are on a Stretch in Maharashtra

Oct 9, 2013 05:05 IST

    The state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has released a circular stating that candidates who do not wish to continue in Government and/or Municipal Corporation run medical/dental colleges may have their admissions cancelled on or before October 10 to avoid a penalty.
    In Maharashtra, admissions to the first-year medical and dental (MBBS/BDS) courses are kept on a stretch due to a legal matter that come out of a plea to sanction additional 50 seats each at the government medical colleges (GMCs) in Nagpur and Akola.
    While the Supreme Court had set September 30 as the last date for all admissions to health science courses, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had moved a special leave petition (civil) challenging an August 28 judgment of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court related to the Nagpur and Akola GMCs.
    The apex court bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikri, said, "...considering the peculiar facts of the case, we are inclined to give a direction in respect of all the colleges in the state of Maharashtra to complete the admission formalities within a period of two weeks from today." The apex court also ruled, "We make it clear that this order shall not be treated as a precedent."
    Following this, the DMER has released an additional selection list and schedule of two additional admission rounds with the extended last date set as 14 October 2013. The first additional list of 217 candidates was announced on 5 October 2013, in which candidates are required to report to the allotted colleges by 8 October 2013.
    The second additional selection list is due to be announced on 11 October 2013 and the candidates would have to join the allotted colleges by 14 October 2013 that is set as the extended last date for 2013-14 medical admissions.
    In another notification, the DMER has mentioned about the likelihood of remaining some seats vacant at four private/unaided medical colleges including two in Pune, and two private/unaided dental colleges including one in Pune.
    The DMER has issued a separate admission schedule seeking students to apply in person at these colleges along with their NEET-UG 2013 mark sheet, between 5 and 9 October 2013. As per the notification, the colleges would display a merit list on 10 October 2013, as the last date of joining is 13 October.

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