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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Don’t give state quota seats to outsiders, say medical students

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 20, 2013
First Published: 01:37 IST(20/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(20/7/2013)

Six city students seeking admission to various health science courses have moved the Bombay high court taking strong objection to the state government’s policy to allow candidates from other states to seek admission for medical courses from within the 85% Maharashtra quota.

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“How can candidates from other states be allowed admission for medical courses from the state quota, when 15% of all seats available in Maharashta are earmarked for the All India quota and when every other state has the pre-condition of being domicile,” advocate Ashutosh Kumbhakoni said while arguing their case on Friday. “We don't want outsiders to encroach upon our 85% seats,” the counsel added.

The lawyer submitted that at least 300 students from other states are appearing in the first 1,000 students on the provisional second list prepared by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). There are instances, where students have completed their XII examinations from Kerala and are now seeking admission for a medical seat from Maharashtra.

Kumbhakoni also raised questions about the preference system saying it was ad-hoc and lacked transparency.

The division bench of Justice SJ Vazifdar and Justice MS Sonak have now posted the petition for further hearing on Wednesday and have suggested the state take a decision by then.

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