Almost three-fourth of the NRI seats available in state's private colleges are lying vacant in the first-ever centralised admission round conducted by the state government. Of the 190 applications received by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), only 38 were eligible under the quota.The directorate then opened the seats for the non-NRI (Maharashtra domicile) students. However, even after filling the forms for the NRI seats (with higher fees), only 21% of the nonNRI students took admissions under this category . The state will conduct two more rounds to fill these seats, and then it will be filled at the institute level.
The Medical Council of India made it mandatory for states to fill100% seats in all private colleges this year, including NRI seats. The DMER, for the first time, conducted a centralised process to fill NRI seats in private colleges. Admissions to these seats were always conducted at institute level. “Of 190 applications, 152 were rejected as they were relatives of NRIs or sponsored students. The MCI has stated no NRI-sponsored candidates will be eligible from this year in this category ,“ said Pravin Shingare, director, DMER.
Managements of private colleges blamed constant changes in admission policies, including the decision to make NRI-sponsored students ineligible under this quota, for the vacancies. P A Inamdar, trustee of the Rangoonwala College, said the state has also made domicile mandatory for the non-NRI students to take admissions under this category .“All these policies are dissuading students, who are capable of paying higher fees, to take admissions in other states. By the time the seats are surrendered to us, most students would have already taken admissions elsewhere,“ he said. He added fees for seats under the NRI category are five times what is charged for regular category seats, a sum many Indian students are unwilling to pay .
Shingare, however, said about 80% of non-NRI students filled the forms for NRI seats, knowing the fee structure, but didn't take admissions after being allotted a seat. “The reason for this is not known by the directorate.As 45 non-NRI students took admission in the first round, we are expecting to fill about100 more seats in the next two rounds.The remaining seats will be handed over to the institute,“ said Shingare.
Agovernment official, however, said most parents are unwilling to pay Rs 35-45 lakh upfront to colleges as they will have to declare their income. “It is better and convenient for them to take admission at the institute level as the college and the parent are willing to payaccept money in black. In a government process, they will have to declare their income. These vacant seats are likely to be filled at institute level,“ said the official.