PUNE: Postgraduate applicants for medical and dental courses are in a fix as their schedule to proceed with the admission procedure has got disturbed. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had declared that a provisional list of applicants for post-graduate courses for MD and MS will be released on March 9. However, DMER has not yet published any updates on the list.
It had invited online information of eligible candidates for preparation of provisional list of applicants on March 8 and stated that the list will be published on March 9. While the document verification was to start according to serial number of applicants as published in the provisional list from March 16, students are yet to receive their serial numbers.
A student from Mumbai, who studies in a city-based medical college, told Sakal Times, "I am working with a primary health centre (PHC) as part of one-year bond service. After the notice I took leave to come here for getting all original documents as document verification will be done as per schedule. After making rounds of the college, I got back my documents but still there is no clarity on which date I have to come for verification."
Immediately after Mumbai High Court quashed a government resolution (GR) restricting admissions to postgraduate (PG) medical and dental courses only for State domiciled students, the State government opened an admission window for outside Maharashtra students (OMS). Students feel that the delay in publishing the provisional list could be because DMER has decided to move the Supreme Court on the OMS issue.
Another student said, "The DMER wanted to file an appeal against the HC order in the Supreme Court. I think DMER is waiting for the SC order before publishing the State merit list. But they should not have given the schedule without releasing the list as it has created confusion and inconvenience to students."
Pravin Shingare, Director of DMER, said, "The revised dates of publication of provisional list of applicants has not been declared yet. It is likely to be published on Wednesday." He denied that the delay was because of any petition filed in SC by DMER.