Deadline over, not all medical aspirants reach campuses :

Even as private and unaided medical and dental colleges in the state concluded their admission process on Monday, several eligible students did not visit the campuses to avoid chaos. However, when this TOI reporter, posing as a student, contacted three colleges, they claimed that one can secure admissions on Tuesday too.

The Pravesh Niyantran Samiti ( PNS ), a quasi-judicial body monitoring admissions to private colleges, will hold a meeting on September 26 to discuss discrepancies in admissions, if any.

With only one day in hand to attend counselling, confirm seats and pay fees, several students chose to skip the process. A parent, whose daughter’s name was on the merit list of three colleges, said it was difficult to guess where she might get a seat. “Most names of eligible students are common to all colleges. My daughter’s name is not among the top candidates; she will get a seat if students ahead of her have not taken admissions. But there was no way to find out,” the parent added. Another student said that she did not go to the college where she was allotted a seat as she already secured admission in a dental college and was unable to arrange money for the demand draft for the MBBS seat.

The admission deadline set by PNS was only till Monday, but one of the colleges that the TOI reporter contacted said that students can seek admissions with the required documents on Tuesday. Another college claimed that admission process was over, but one will have to meet the college chairman to seek admissions post deadline, and the third college asked for the student’s details ( ASSO-CET score and name ), but assured that it is possible to take admissions on Tuesday. However, a college, which was under cloud last year for admission malpractices, refused to give any admissions on Tuesday.

PNS, in its notice, has stated that admissions in colleges that do not give details on time, might be disapproved.

An official from PNS said, “Colleges have to submit the report on admissions by Tuesday. In case there are any discrepancies in the report or complaints from students, we will discuss them in our Thursday meeting. Colleges that will have vacant seats also need to give us details on the same.” The official added that managements have also been called for the meeting for verification and confirmation of admission.

An SC order had ordered that the admission process be completed by September 30.

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