Even as its plans for a domicile quota for post-graduate medical seats was struck down by the courts, Maharashtra is planning a similar reservation for undergraduate medical seats.
To make their case for undergraduate quota strong, the Maharashtra government is currently studying previous Supreme Court orders on the same. A final decision is awaited, and officials told HT that a government resolution (GR) to this effect should be released soon.
“We are currently studying the SC decision on our petition to demand for domicile quota in PG medical admissions, as well as a previous order by SC on the same. We need to ensure that no time is wasted in fighting matters in court during admissions this year,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER).
According to a previous order by SC in the first week of May, implementation of domicile quota in deemed institutes has been stayed. “Our law experts are finding out if that decision could be superseded, only then can we introduce a uniform,” added Shingare, and said that a final decision will be taken by the end of this week by the state.
As per 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) communities.
Within three days, the Bombay high court called for a stay on this GR and a week later, the apex court upheld the stay. “The petition was not dismissed because it was wrong, but because it was introduced after the PG admissions had begun. So with UG admissions, we want to make sure everything is in place before introducing any new rules for the upcoming admission season,” said an official from the state medical education department.