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Maharashtra: Nursing Aspirants May Get Admission Based on Class 12th Marks
Nursing aspirants who did not take the mandatory entrance examination will have a chance to get admission to the undergraduate nursing course as per their Class 12th marks.
The decision has been taken by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) as around 1,000 seats, out of the 3,000 are still vacant. Usually, the candidates have to take a Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to the undergraduate nursing course. However, as there are less takers of the entrance exam for a nursing course, the DMER has decided to admit the candidates based on other parameters.
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Similarly, many seats are vacant in Homeopathy course. On the other hand, the seats have been filled in other health science courses like Physiotherapy, Audiology, Ayurveda, Occupational Therapy and Unani.
The admission process to private medical and dental colleges across the state took place as per National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). This year, the admission process was delayed due to the SC’s decision on NEET. Most of the colleges did not start admission process to the allied health science courses as colleges waited for approvals from the apex regulatory bodies.
Some of the colleges have received the approvals recently, and hence the state government decided to run admission process to allied health science courses until November 30, 2016.
Avani Oke, Principal of KJ Somiaya College of Nursing, explained that the delay in medical and dental admissions has further delayed admissions to allied courses. Usually, the candidates opt for allied courses if they fail to secure a seat in medical college.
She further added that there is a huge demand for nurses in the hospitals across the state, and it has only grown substantially recently. However, the students enrolling for the nursing course is less. She indicated that the students could opt for a diploma course in nursing instead of an undergraduate course after Class 12.
She expressed that doing away with CET for admissions to the nursing course will attract more students to nursing. She also mentioned that the students must be screened before they are accepted for the course.
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