Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

MUM­BAI:THE Direc­torate of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search’s (DMER) de­ci­sion to al­low pri­vate in­sti­tutes to ad­mit students to den­tal and med­i­cal cour­ses has not gone down well with par­ents and students.

A cir­cu­lar on the DMER’S web­site states that students and par­ents will now have to di­rectly ap­proach in­sti­tutes for ad­mis­sions to va­cant seats. “When the Supreme Court’s or­der states that seats in govern­ment and pri­vate med­i­cal and den­tal in­sti­tutes have to be al­lot­ted by DMER through the common ad­mis­sions process, how can it per­mit in­sti­tu­tions to fill these seats?” said Ra­jesh Jain, state mem­ber of Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal Students.

The par­ent of an MBBS as­pi­rant said most in­sti­tutes have not dis­closed the ac­tual num­ber of va­cant seats. “It doesn’t mat­ter how well you score, all that mat­ters now is how much money you can pay to buy a seat,” said the par­ent.

A DMER of­fi­cial told HT that the seats were sur­ren­dered keep­ing in mind the lack of time to com­plete the process. “We will en­sure the process is trans­par­ent. All ad­mis­sions will be done with our knowl­edge and so, par­ents need not worry about pay­ing do­na­tion,” he said.

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