The process for sale as well as submission of application forms for the Maharashtra Health and Technology - Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) 2012, will commence from March 19 to 31. The director of medical education and research (DMER), which is the competent authority for the test, had issued a notification on January 16 declaring that the test will be held on May 10. However, a detailed programme for the same was awaited. A fresh notification has been issued on March 1st detailing the MHT-CET programme. Students from the state can get the application form and information brochure from their respective junior colleges / high schools while those from outside Maharashtra have to secure the same from the designated divisional authorities.
The MHT-CET is a combined entrance test for admissions to health sciences, engineering and pharmacy degree courses. The merit list drawn from this test is also used for admissions to the bachelor of veterinary science and animal husbandry course. A centralised admission process (CAP), which follows the test, is conducted independently by the DMER for the health sciences seats and by the director of technical education (DTE) for engineering and pharmacy seats. Last year, over 3.02 lakh students from within and outside Maharashtra had enrolled for the test. The state has close to 325 engineering colleges, which collectively account for over 1.21 lakh seats. Similarly, there are more than 300 health sciences institutions including those offering medical, dental, homeopathy, ayurveda, unani, and siddha studies while the pharmacy colleges are numbered at around 150. These figures are likely to vary after professional regulators like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announce the sanction of new colleges, variation in student intake and courses by end of June this year.
For engineering and pharmacy course aspirants, the DTE has declared that students, who were born in Maharashtra and have passed their Std X and XII exams in the state, will not be required to produce domicile certificates for being part of the MHT-CET. The school leaving or a bona-fide certificate issued by their institution will suffice. The DTE has, however, clarified that it is desirable for such students to furnish either the domicile certificate or the birth certificate at the time of submission of their application form for admission through the CAP for AY 2012-13. For medical degree course aspirants, the students who have passed their Std XII from Maharashtra but Std X from outside the state, will have to furnish a domicile certificate to be able to appear for the MHTCET 2012.The latest notification, however, clarifies that a domicile certificate wont be required in the case where a student has cleared Std XII as well as Std X from the state.
Students, who are not residents of the state, won’t be eligible for the health science course seven if they have passed their Std XII from Maharashtra, the notification stated. Similarly, students who clear their Std XII from outside Maharashtra won’t be eligible for the health science courses irrespective of their domicile status as a citizen of the state, the notification added. The government has made exceptions to this clause in the form of the defence candidates; students from the Maharashtra-Karnataka border area; children of employees of the central, state and Union territories governments. The outside Maharashtra state (OMS) students aspiring for engineering seats will be considered for admission against the institute-level seats only at private unaided colleges. Similarly, the OMS candidates for pharmacy courses will be considered for admission to the 15% OMS quota through the round I and II of the CAP, the notification stated.
Information brochure for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy courses are available on websites: www.dmer.org and www.dte.org. in March 19th to 31st: Sale and submission of application forms Cost of application form: Rs 700 for open category and all Outside Maharashtra State (OMS) candidates; Rs 500 for reserve category candidates belonging to Maharashtra only. Divisional authority: Dean, B.J. Medical College, Pune, for Pune, Ahmednagar, Satara and Solapur districts. Phone No’s: (020) 26130991 or 26128000 Extension no. 385. For OMS candidates: A demand draft of Rs 700 in favour of the Competent Authority, MH-CET, Mumbai payable at Mumbai and drawn on any scheduled commercial bank. Helpline No's For engineering and pharmacy courses: (022) 30233444/ 445/ 446 For health science courses: (022) 22620363/ 64 (Extension no. 317/ 323), 22652257/ 59.
Courtesy: Times of India