Pune: A total of 545 seats have been increased inclusive of homoeopathy, physiotherapy, ayurveda and nursing colleges across the State. Commissioner and competent authority at State common entrance test (CET) cell, AE Rayate announced this on Friday.
The four new nursing institutes, consisting of 170 seats in total, have been added in Buldhana, Jalna, Sangli and Ahmednagar districts.
According to the new revised provisional merit list, 45,561 candidates are eligible for admission in medical stream this year.
Previously, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Pravin Shingare had informed that a total of 11,000 seats were available in government and private medical colleges and demeed university medical colleges in Maharashtra. Moreover, out of total seats, 7,000 seats are for MBBS and BDS while rest 4,000 are distributed in other streams like ayurveda, homoeopathy, physiotherapy, etc.
However, this year, only 100 seats have been increased in MBBS as a new government medical college has been established in Jalgaon.
“Increasing the number of seats in these other streams is just an eyewash by the State government, assuring the students that they have an option to get admission in these sectors. But, unfortunately, these sectors do not have much scope in future, unlike MBBS. And considering the level of competition per seat in MBBS, the State government should instead increase the MBBS seats by 1000-2000, rather than other subjects,” said Sandeep Deodhar, founder of Deodhar classes.
Even Shingare accepted that there are seats available in other health science streams but there are less number of takers for them.