Parents of medical aspirants in Maharashtra are planning one more attempt at securing seats for their children in medical colleges. However, the prospects look bleak. Parents will write to Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) requesting to start an “additional batch” for the aspirants who were distressed by the hitches in the current year’s academic process.
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The parents have already drafted a letter to DMER in which they indicated NEET-CET as a “grave injustice” to the aspirants. They stated that DMER has to compensate the affected aspirants by starting an additional batch for the academic session 2016-17.
Devendra Sorety, a parent from Nagpur, cited that in the year 1977-78, the government allowed an additional intake after confusion over the admission. The Medical Council of India (MCI) had changed the eligibility criteria for medical admissions from Class X marks to Class XII marks. Hence, two generations of medical aspirants were eligible for admissions, and the government instructed the medical colleges to start additional batches.
The parents are requesting the DMER to take a similar decision as more than 70 seats are vacant in various medical colleges across the state. One of the parents expressed that this year, there was much confusion over the syllabi and entrance exam and hence the aspirants have been at a disadvantage. The confusion had resulted in the fact that several aspirants with high scores did not secure seats and aspirants with low scores got admissions.
However, Pravin Shinghare, Director of DMER clarified that the letter would not give any positive result as the Supreme Court had rejected the DMRE’s proposal to fill vacant medical seats and the order did not have any provision regarding an additional batch.