Medical, Dental Admissions on an extended run in Maharashtra

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Medical, Dental Admissions on an extended run in Maharashtra

The state directorate of medical education and research ( DMER ) has issued a notification stating that candidates who do not wish to continue in government- and municipal corporation-run medical and dental colleges should cancel their admission on or before 10th October, 2013 to avoid a penalty.

Admissions to the first-year medical and dental ( MBBS / BDS ) courses in the state are on an extended run due to a legal matter that arose 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 cut-off 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, while disposing of the MCI plea on September 30, ruled, “…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.”

The DMER has since released an additional selection list and schedule of two additional admission rounds with the extended cut-off date set for 14th October, 2013. The first additional list of 217 candidates was released on 5th October, 2013 and the candidates are required to report to the allotted colleges by 8th October, 2013.

The second additional selection list is to be released on 11th October, 2013 and the candidates have to join the allotted colleges by 14th October, 2013, which is the extended cut-off for 2013 – 2014 admissions.

In another notification, the DMER has referred to the likelihood of seats remaining vacant at four private unaided medical colleges, including two in Pune, and two private unaided dental colleges, including one in Pune, on account of the 100 additional seats at the GMCs in Nagpur and Akola.

The DMER has released a separate admission schedule asking students to apply in person to these colleges, along with the NEET-UG 2013 mark sheet, between 5th October, 2013 and 9th October, 2013. The colleges have to display a merit list on 10th October, 2013 and the last date of joining is October 13, the notification stated.