Unhappy with changes made to the domicile rule in the ongoing medical and dental admissions, parents and students want to discuss their concerns with the state medical officials. A meeting between parents and officials will be held at the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Saturday. “The recently introduced change in domicile eligibility has made a huge difference to the state merit list. Students from other states have made it to the top ranks, pushing students from the state behind,” said Mahendra Chaudhari, a parent.
He added that due to this new rule, many students who moved to Mumbai from other states for integrated courses (preparation for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test as well as class XII), have made it to the top ranks in the recently released state merit.
“This new change defies the purpose of state domicile quota because students from the state are losing out on seats in government-run institutes,” added Chaudhari.
Last week, the Bombay high court relaxed domicile norms for medical and dental aspirants in the state.
Originally, those who had cleared Class X and XII from institutes in the state or had a domicile certificate, were eligible for state quota seats.
Now, the clause on clearing Class 10 from the state has been dropped. “Those who have cleared Class XII from Maharashtra, even without class X from the state, will be eligible for state quota seats from now,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of DMER. The parents also plan to fight against the high court order in the Supreme Court.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) released a circular in the last week of June, requesting for uniformity in medical and dental admissions across the country.