MUMBAI: From next year, nursing aspirants will not have to appear for NEET-undergraduate for their admissions. The state will conduct a centralised admission process for BSc Nursing based on their class XII scores in the science stream.
Colleges, which have not managed to fill their seats even this year, can use class XII scores of aspirants if they are unable to find enough numbers of candidates who have appeared for NEET.
The state’s medical education department issued a government resolution on Monday to this effect. Fewer nursing aspirants appear for NEET, considering the difficulty level of the test, said Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
There are about 2,000 seats in government and private nursing colleges. DMER will conduct the centralised process based on class XII scores and the vacant seats will be filled at institute level. The demand for B Sc nursing is also on decline with many institutes offering diploma courses, which are popular with students.
Till 2016, students were admitted on the basis of their state CET scores. Since CET was scrapped after the revival of NEET in 2016, the state decided to use NEET scores for nursing admissions too.