The state government of Maharashtra is thinking to scrap the Common entrance test for nursing admissions. This year around 1300 seats have been left vacant for Bachelor’s in nursing courses. The seats are left unfilled because of the CET as students have either not appeared for the entrance exams and some have failed to achieve the minimum marks required for admission to nursing programmes.
The Directorate of Medical Education and Research has confirmed that discussions are going on to discontinue the CET for nursing admissions. Moreover, the students prefer to take admission to local city colleges instead of the colleges in rural areas.
Also in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu there is the least demand for nursing seats. This year Maharashtra is witnessing a similar trend for the first time. This year the state is experiencing the least nursing admissions.
Earlier the common entrance test was not mandatory for admission to nursing courses. At that time, the institutes and colleges were allowed to admit candidates who had not appeared for CET only on the basis of their class XII marks. This enabled the seats to be filled.
A Supreme Court order this year had made CET mandatory for admissions to professional courses including nursing admissions.