Private unaided, including minority, medical and dental colleges across Maharashtra will not be able to admit students from outside Maharashtra at least for the academic year 2016-17, except for their institutional quota of 15 per cent seats.
The Bombay high court on Monday refused to grant any interim relief on a bunch of petitions challenging the rules framed by Maharashtra government last year making domicile certificate mandatory for students seeking admission to private unaided medical and dental colleges in Maharashtra, and thus indirectly prohibiting these colleges from admitting students from outside Maharashtra.
The division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak refused to stay the rules framed under provisions of the Maharashtra Unaided Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Fees) Act, 2015.
One of the petitions filed by Mahatma Gandhi Vidya Mandir Trust, which runs a dental college at Nashik, specifically challenged the rule that made domicile certificate mandatory for seeking admission to the private unaided medical and dental colleges in Maharashtra and thus indirectly prohibiting students from other states getting admissions in these institutes.
Another petition was filed by PA Inamdar, chairman of an education trust, which runs a minority unaided dental college at Pune. Contending that the fundamental right of unaided minority professional institutions to admit students of their choice has been recognized by the Supreme Court time and again, he had sought a direction to the government to relax the mandatory condition of domicile certificate in case of their dental college and allow them to fill in all the seats at institution level by conducting their own common admission process.