Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) cell has now decided to conduct a third mop-up round for the postgraduate (PG) medical and dental candidates.
On Tuesday, state CET cell revealed that a total of 306 seats were still available in government medical institutes. At the same time, another 80 and 29 seats remained vacant in private medical and dental Institutes respectively. The third mop-up round will be conducted to fill these seats, said a senior official from the state CET cell.
“Out of the 306 vacant seats, 260 seats had remained unallocated, as there were no takers for those seats in particular courses. The remaining 46 seats may have gone vacant as many students have already sought admissions elsewhere, so we are now combining all these seats in government medical institutes to conduct third mop-up round,” stated Sandeep Kadam, commissioner, state CET cell.
Students who are allotted seats in the final mop-up round and fail to confirm admissions will be liable to pay a fine of up to ₹20 lakh. This will be debarred from participating in the state CET round under the state quota for the next two years, clarified the August 4 circular.
One side, The third round of seat allotment brings hope to students. On the other side, many are concerned that the process will be of no help to students from the open category unless CET cell converts all vacant seats under various quotas into those under the general category.
“Over 250 seats that have gone unallocated in the second mop-up round seem to be from various quotas. Since no one is keen on opting for these seats, the CET cell should let students from the general category vie for these seats, as is mentioned in their admission brochure,” said Muzaffar Khan, a Thane-based medical education counsellor.
On the CET website, the third mop-up round seat allotment list will be released on August 10. Students will have time till August 14 to directly visit the allotted college and confirm their admissions.
All seats that remain vacant after the third and final mop-up round will be displayed for eligible candidates. Afterwards, they can approach the institute directly and finish the admission procedure post-August 16, notified by the CET cell circular.
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