National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2016 aspirants seeking admission to private medical and dental colleges in Maharashtra can now register with their preference forms.
Registrations will be held between 8-11 September, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has informed.
The Directorate has notified that the online submission of applications and the filling of preference forms can be done through the official website of the DMER.
However, aspirants and parents are confused about the latest developments in the medical admissions.
The Bombay High Court (HC) has stayed all admissions to private medical and dental colleges, dragging the issue to Supreme Court (SC) once again. A petition, filed by a Nashik-based private dental institute, sought the right to admit students on the merit and not domicile.
Candidates whose names have already appeared in the provisional merit lists of deemed institutes fear they may have to repeat the entire process
As per Maharashtra DMER rules, 85% seats are reserved for state students. The next hearing will take place on 14 September.
Hearing the issue, Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur and MS Sonak said that the issue will be resolved before 30 September 2016.
On 7 September, the Bombay HC asked the state government to issue two different merit lists:
The All-India merit list
The merit list of medical aspirants with Maharashtra state domicile
The DMER notification states: "As per the interim order dated 7/9/2016 passed by Bombay High Court in Writ Petition no. 10158/2016 and other connected Writ Petitions, the Respondents (i.e. Competent Authority conducting Common Admission Process in the State of Maharashtra) have been directed to invite applications & preference forms from candidates, who have appeared for NEET - UG - 2016, on All India basis for seeking admission in private unaided colleges of medical & dental disciplines for the Academic Year 2016-17 . Accordingly, such interested candidates are invited to submit applications & their preferences for the colleges online on website i.e. www.dmer.org and www.mahacet.org from 8/9/2016 to 11/9/2016 upto 12 p.m. Please note that the publication of Merit List for such All India Category and admissions, if any, shall be subject to further orders and outcome of the abovementioned Writ Petitions."