A day before the Common Entrance Test for super-specialty medical courses, the state government told Bombay High Court that it was willing to cut down the preferential quota by 50 per cent for candidates domiciled in Maharashtra.
Advocate General Ravi Kadam said the state was ready to cut down the quota after the court said that the preference being given to candidates domiciled in Maharashtra over those from other states amounted to 100 per cent reservation.
“The rule reflects 100 per cent reservation,” observed division bench of Acting Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari, while hearing petitions filed by applicants from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The directorate of medical education has introduced a new rule under which preference is given to candidates domiciled in the state over students from other states while admitting candidates for 84 seats of super-specialty medical courses.
The petitioners’ lawyer, V.M. Thorat, on Monday pointed out that the rule was contrary to a law laid down by the Supreme Court in 1984, which specifically bars any reservation in admission for super-specialty medical courses.
“Even constitutional reservation is not permitted after the judgment,” Thorat contended.
Kadam argued the state spends approximately Rs 25 lakh on each student annually but their services were not made available to the state population because 75 per cent of them leave for their respective states after completing the courses.
Thorat counter-argued that these students have to serve a two-year bond of Rs 2 crore after completing the super-specialty courses.
The matter will come up for hearing on July 1.