NEET 2017 - Maharashtra government to conduct counselling for admission in medical courses
Following the instructions of the centre, the Maharashtra government is all set to conduct counselling and admission process for private and deemed medical institutes from the commencing academic year 2017-18. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) will soon issue a notice in this regard.
On 11 March, the Health Ministry has directed the state governments to conduct counsellingfor admission to all medical and dental colleges.
Views of the concerned persons.
President, Unaided Medical College Association
The High Court will hear the directorate's plea to conduct state-level counselling today, i.e. March 14 and the recent order of the ministry has further strengthened their claim. "We will go ahead with the MCI's order and issue a notification. Our case has become stronger," said Pravin Shingare, director, DMER.
Earlier, a notice issued by DMER to conduct admissions to private and medical institutes in the academic year 2016-17 was challenged by private colleges in the High Court.
State-level counselling to bring transparency, views of a parent
The colleges are still thinking to challenge the MCI order. "We are awaiting the High Court verdict and haven't decided on the further course of action," said Kamal Kishor Kadam, president of the Unaided Medical College Association. "After the hearing on Tuesday, we will go through the MCI order and decide whether to challenge it," he added.
Mahendra Choudhury whose son will appear for NEET examinations told Indian Express, "Earlier, applicants had to go to individual colleges for counselling and confirming their admissions. They had to pay admission fee separately. Now, this will be streamlined and there will be more transparency."
"The state must now work towards regulating the fee in private and deemed medical colleges," he said.