Even though Gauravi Sampath secured 159/200 in the Asso-CET, which should have guaranteed her a seat in any medical college, she is still sitting at home without securing admission anywhere. Sampath and many other students, who are awaiting help from the state government, have already missed out on three months of lectures.
It has been three months since the Association of Management of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges, Maharashtra, started classes. However, parents of the affected students said the inquiry committees, which was set up to resolve complaints within 15 days, have not yet started functioning. The committees headed by the respective deans of three centres (Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur) was set up by the state government as per a GR issued on November 29.
“When I called up a member of the Nashik committee, I was informed that it has not yet started functioning. The member had gone out of town and will return only after 7 to 10 days,’’ said a parent from Mumbai. The students, who had complained about the irregularities to the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS) before September 30, are still waiting for them to be addressed.
Frustrated by the wait, some students have started preparing for the entrance exam again. Even though they cracked the Asso-CET last year, they will have to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. They have joined coaching classes which charge around Rs 2 lakh as fees. “I feel disheartened that even after cracking the CET with a score of 155/200, I have to study all over again now. Whatever I studied last year is of no use because I will have to study new concepts for NEET,’’ said another student, who is a joint petitioner in the Bombay HC against medical colleges.
Jayant Jain, president of Forum For Fairness in Education, who moved the HC on December 4, said. “It has been over three months since colleges began their classes. Many meritorious students who have been denied seats are undergoing tremendous stress.”
P Gaikwad, secretary of PNS, said he can comment only after receiving the petition. “The matter is now in the hands of the state government.”