MUMBAI: The pandemic may have forced a few aspiring students to drop their plans to pursue medical or dental courses in deemed colleges this year.
In the stray vacancy round conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)’s medical council committee, a total of 318 MBBS seats are available so far in deemed colleges in the state compared with 291 in the previous year. In dental colleges, 321 seats are vacant now-around 165% more than last year. Some claimed that higher fees in deemed colleges may have dissuaded a few. A majority of MBBS seats are vacant in the NRI quota.
Of the total 318 vacant MBBS seats, close to 250 are in the NRI quota, where fees are higher than the merit seats in deemed colleges. In BDS, though, 252 of the total 321 vacant seats are from the paid seats category. In all, a total of 2,463 seats are available in the stray vacancy round across the country. A few of these seats are also available in central institutes such as AIIMS and JIPMER.
Sudha Shenoy, a parent representative, said fees of deemed colleges are high, with some charging Rs 25 lakh annually for MBBS. “In a pandemic year, many may not find it affordable. Fees for seats in the NRI quota are higher,” she said. With the delay, many may find it convenient to attempt NEET this year, said another parent.
The stray vacancy round will be conducted offline to fill the seats after the mop-up round for undergraduate medical and dental courses.
The MCC portal will remain open for new registrations till January 6. Students are asked to check with individual institutes to confirm the eligibility and vacancy position from the college.