Taking a soft stand over its earlier decision, Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan announced relaxing the condition of completing one year bond for MBBS students. This has paved way for the students to appear in Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to post graduate course.
Earlier, the Department had made it clear that the student found not completing the bond, would not be allowed to appear in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) necessary for taking admission to post graduate medical courses.
The Government’s fiat hit the students like a bolt from blue as PG-NEET examination is just two months away. The students were in a fix as much of the time could be wasted in legal battle. The experts, while defending the Government, termed it as ‘right order but at wrong time’.
The Government’s intention though pious but could they have not brought it at the start of academic session itself, cried parents.
Meanwhile, Government counter-attacked the parents’ argument that it was told to them at eleventh hour. The new circular issued by Government stated, “It was not informed to the students at eleventh hour. The students are informed about the condition of completion of rural stint during their admissions to MBBS itself. We just reminded them whether they have completed the bond or not.”
According to parents, students could shift their rural stint to post-PG also. They should be allowed to appear in CET and after their PG they would complete the bond. The parents argued that Government should have put stringent condition well in advance. Indian Medical Association, too supported parents’ stand.
Meanwhile, Dr Praveen Shingare, Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) sent a letter to Minister requesting him to defer the decision and impose the condition for the students appearing in CET in the year 2019.
When contacted, Girish Mahajan, who agreed to the parents’ demands and decided to defer the decision, told, “We are asking students to complete the bond within next two years or face the consequences. We also are not against any student.”