Activists seek action on PNS reccomendations

The state government should immediately act on recommendations of Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS) regarding disapproval of around 250 medical college seats, activists demanded Monday.

Last week, Bombay High Court had clarified the government could decide the matter without waiting for resolution of a pending petition.

On January 23, a division bench of justices S J Vazifdar and Mridula Bhatkar said, "It is clarified pendency of the writ petition will not preclude the state government from taking a decision in the matter, including in respect of recommendations of Pravesh Niyantran Samiti."

The case will be heard on February 13.

December last year, parents of 27 students had moved court seeking admission to medical and dental courses in colleges across the state.

The students had complained to NGO Forum for Fairness in Education, which claimed PNS, which regulates admissions to medical and dental courses, had already sent its recommendations to the state government after deciding on January 11 to disapprove 250 seats.

NGO president Jayant Jain said, "It appears decisions are being deliberately delayed due to involvement of politicians and ministers in ownership of most medical and dental colleges. Meritorious students could lose a valuable academic year. We demand the state government take immediate action in the matter to ensure meritorious students are allotted seats they rightfully deserve."

The state government decided in September last year to conduct only two rounds of admission, instead of the usual three in accordance with a Supreme Court order, based on ASSO-CET results.

Students who did not get seats in the two rounds had to apply to all colleges with vacancies.

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