Maharashtra Government has made the announcement for combined counselling for all postgraduate medical admissions for the coming academic year. The order follows the directions given by Health Ministry and will be binding on all the government-run, private and deemed medical and dental institutes.
A total of 3,100 seats, out of which, state quota and other states having equal representation would be available for admission through the process. If we see apportionment of seats in the state, Government institutes have been given eleven hundred seats; Private institutes secured eight hundred seats, while Deemed colleges were allocated with twelve hundred seats.
It was already announced that the admissions to post-graduate medical and dental courses will be based only on the national-level NEET PG and while till last time, the institutes used to hold separate counselling sessions, the State CET cell is organizing the central counselling this time.
Last week, Government resolution was passed in this regard by the state government, and Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) will be sending a communiqué in this regard to the concerned colleges by next week. Dr. Pravin Shingare, Director, DMER said, “Until last year, the deemed and private institutes used to conduct separate admissions for their dental seats but this year, we have decided to streamline the process for the benefit of students.”
Supreme Court, in 2016, turned down the demand of Deemed colleges, as these colleges wanted that admissions to undergraduate courses must be conducted by the colleges and not by the state, and in this regard, state CET cell and DMER were entrusted with the duty to conduct admissions to all the medical and dental colleges. This year, it came with the new move regarding post-graduate admissions.
Students and their parents have welcomed the move by the state government. According to them, this will bring transparency in the admission process and it will provide the single window for admissions to medical colleges. Rajesh Jain, member of Parents’ Association for Medical Students said, “This is a good move by the government because its control over admissions means better transparency.” On the other hand, Deemed colleges are not happy with the move by the state government as they want their autonomy over the admissions to the medical seats.
The registration and application process will be active from 27 January. All the necessary information regarding the admission process has been made available on the website of DMER. The government’s control over medical admissions could be a welcome step for the students providing them a common platform for admission to various colleges if conducted properly.