Mumbai, May 5 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today directed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to monitor the admission process of private and aided medical colleges in Maharashtra at every stage after the Common Entrance Test (CET), only on the basis of merit in the said exam.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kshitij Vyas and Justice Chandrachud gave the direction in response to a writ petition filed by the Parents' Association of Medical Students (PAMS) last month, seeking justice for the malpractices in the admissions to private medical and dental colleges across the state.
Following court orders on the last occasion, DMER, PAMS and Association of Management of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges (AMUPMDC) filed a joint memorandum of the schemes today that were adopted by the state, leading to today's judgement.
The scheme for Common Admission Process submitted that admissions shall be granted only on the basis of merit secured by the concerned student in the CET conducted by the Association formed by the medical institutions (in this case AMUPMDC) or the state. Also, all admissions shall be centralised (Single Window System) in a computerised manner on the basis of option forms submitted by the students indicating their choices course-wise, college-wise and category-wise.
The lists of the selected students shall be submitted to the DMER and after approval by the competent authority, the institute shall conduct verification of the proposed admissions.
While passing the directions, the court held that as the 'Pravesh Niyantran Samiti' had failed to monitor the admission process and prevent any malpractices, now the DMER would monitor the admissions at every stage and the selection of students will be centralised up to the allotment of the last seat and on merit basis only.
The admission process has to conclude by September 30 every year, which was set as the final cut-off date by the court during the last hearing.
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