Maharashtra has decided to exempt deemed medical and dental institutes in the state from following the domicile reservation for undergraduate admissions. However, government-run and private institutes will have to reserve seats for students from the state. A resolution to this effect will be released in the next couple of days.
“There’s no domicile reservation for seats under the all India quota (AIQ) and NRI quota. We have decided to drop deemed institutes from following the policy because the Supreme Court has already passed an order to exempt deemed institutes from following the domicile reservation,” said a senior official from the state medical education department. He added that this decision comes after a review of former SC orders on this topic by law experts.
Maharashtra has the second highest number of medical and dental institutes in the country after Karnataka and this decision of reserving seats for the state domicile will bring cheers to lakhs of students in the state. “Our children deserve to get first preference, especially since Karnataka government already follows a domicile rule. We just hope this move doesn’t rile up private institutes and lead to a long fights in courts,” said a parent.
According to a government resolution (GR) released by the medical education department on April 27, the state has decided to keep aside more than 67% of seats in private and deemed institutes for candidates with the state domicile. Also, for the first time, 25% of the seats in deemed medical and dental universities will now be reserved for candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Vimukta Jati, Nomedic Tribes (VJNT) and Other Backward Classes (OBC). Within three days, the Bombay high court called for a stay on this GR and a week later, the apex court upheld the stay.