[Breaking] Medical admissions proceed without Maratha quota

Musab Qazi
Editor, MahaScholar.com

Mumbai: Even as Maharashtra government has put on hold FYJC and other post-class 10th admissions on hold over Maratha reservations issue, it seems to be going ahead with MBBS and BDS admissions without Maratha quota.

The information brochure about admissions to health science courses in the state has no mention of the 12% Socially and Educationally Backward Castes (SEBC) reservation, which was introduced by the state for Maratha communities. Besides, no seat has been earmarked under this category in the provisional seat matrix for MBBS and BDS.

Download: Health Science Courses Admission Brouchre

However, the authorities are mum on the apparent decision to exclude SEBC quota. An official from the State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell said that the information brochure and seat matrix was drafted by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and the state government’s medical education department. When MahaScholar.com contacted DMER director Dr TP Lahane, he replied, “The CET Cell has prepared the seat matrix. Please contact them.”

Download: MBBS and BDS Seat Matrix

The Supreme Court (SC), on September 9, directed the government to conduct the admissions to all educational institutes without the recently introduced 12% Socially and Educational Backward Castes (SEBC) reservations for the Maratha community, while referring the question of legality of this quota to a larger bench. On October 27, SC adjourned the matter for four weeks as the senior lawyer representing the state remained absent in the court, which will further delay the admissions.

The admission process for undergraduate (UG) health science courses, including MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS and BUMS, in Maharashtra has started from November 5. While the CET Cell has provided the initial admission schedule for MBBS and BDS, the timetable for other courses is yet to be announced. The aspirants can register themselves on the State CET Cell’s website mahacet.org between November 5 and 11.

Download: Admission Process for Health Science Courses

Maratha activist and lawyer Shriram Pingle said that while the exclusion is in line with the SC’s decision. However, he demanded that the Marathas be acomodated under economically weake sections (EWS) category. “All cmmunities in the country now have reservation. Why shouldn’t Marathas also get it?” he said.

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