Close to 1,600 first-year BAMS, BHMS, BPT and BASLP students from private and government colleges in Maharashtra are expected to lose six valuable months of their academic year. These students are not eligible for the summer exams since they had taken admission after October 31, 2017. The summer exams for these courses are conducted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
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As per a norm in MUHS Act, first-year students who took admission to BAMS, BHMS, BPT, BASLP, nursing and allied science courses on or before October 31, 2017, are eligible for the summer exams. It is mandatory for the students to complete a minimum of 240 days in a term to be eligible for exams. However, the students who took admission after October 31 did not complete the required number of days to be eligible for exams.
Last year, many students took admission in these courses beyond the cut-off date of October 31, 2017, as admissions were delayed. The admissions continued until November 15, 2017. Already, parents and students have met concerned officials seeking relief. However, they did not get any positive response from the officials. The parents criticised Directorate of Medical Education and Research for not informing the same at the time of admissions.
A parent pointed out that if their children are not eligible for summer exams, they will have to appear for the exams in October 2018, which means that their course will be extended by six months. He also questioned whether the institutes conduct lectures for a handful of students whose course is extended by six months.
Director of DMER, Mr. Pravin Shingare argued that they informed about the term requirement during the admission. DMER will abide by the law, and it is not possible to grant any relief in this regard, he confirmed.