Maha May Not Follow Norms This Year
In the past 20 years, family trees in India have often seen extensions or additions when a teenager has dreamt of becoming a doctor.A distant non-resident Indian (NRI) uncle or aunt, no matter how near or far the relation, would suddenly turn into a “close relative“ and sponsor the India-based teenager's medical education under the 15% NRI quota .
But now, the Union ministry of health and family welfare has decided to do away with the infamous sponsorship practice: its medical counselling committee has stated that only an NRI candidate can take admission in colleges under the quota. The Union health ministry has decided to do away with the sponsorship practice for NRI seats in private medical colleges and deemed varsities. Only NRI candidates can now take admission under this quota.
Just about any relative could earlier sponsor a student as part of this quota across the country . A total of 15% seats in colleges are set aside for this category .
“NRI Candidates (Including OCI and PIO) are eligible for NRI Quota only and Indian Nationals will be eligible for Management seats only ,“ said a circular from the ministry.“As per Inamdar case of Hon Supreme Court Only Bonafide NRI will be eligible for NRI Quota seats. No NRI Sponsored candidates will be eligible (sic).“ Candidates applying under the NRI category will have to submit their passports and other documents that support their NRI status.
What may come as a windfall for many candidates is that NRI seats vacant after the last round of admissions would be converted into management seats during the mop-up round conducted by deemed universities, and the fees charged will be those for management seats. Fees charged for NRI seats can be, at the most, five times higher than those for merit category seats.
But head of the state Directorate of Medical Research and Education (DMER) Dr Praveen Shingare said Maharashtra is likely to implement this rule from next year.This admission season, colleges would be allowed to admit sponsored NRI candidates.
“We may follow the practice we have been following for 20 years and allow sponsored candidates this year, but not from next year. That said, we need to confirm the same and are yet to announce the policy we will follow,“ he said.
Karnataka too will not implement the rule this year but allow sponsored students.
Though experts said the quota needed to be repaired, colleges may face an economic crisis by this rule, say some.
Kamal Kishore Kadam, who heads AMUPMDC (Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges) said, “If we get NRI candidates, they are welcome. But if we don't get, we should get those who are ready to pay NRI fees. 85% quota is merit seats, and 15% is for NRIs, they have to pay five times the fees. Economics of colleges depends on these 15%.“