The state government on Monday decided to extend the deadline for submitting admission forms for postgraduate programmes in medicine by a week. The last day for submitting the admission form was May 15, which has now been extended.
The assurance was given by Minister for Higher and Medical Education Girish Mahajan after over 250 MBBS students from the Maratha community staged a demonstration at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the 16 per cent Maratha quota in postgraduate medical seats this year. The students want the 16 per cent quota for Marathas implemented from this year in postgraduate medical admissions.
Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with Mahajan. Later, Mahajan met the students and urged them to withdraw their demonstration, assuring them adequate time by extending the admission dateline.
In October last year, the state government passed the Bill facilitating 16 per cent quota for the Maratha community under Social and Economical Backward Class (SEBC) category. Thus, paving the way for Maratha students to avail the quota in all educational courses, including professional courses.