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NEET 2017: HC asks Centre to include student in deemed varsities’ waiting list as NRI

The student’s plea to court was that the Centre allow him to be admissed an NRI candidate for admission in MBBS in pursuance to NEET 2017-18 in the Central list for deemed universities

education Updated: Sep 04, 2017 10:26 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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A student who had given NEET as a resident candidate has appealed that he be included in the list of NRIs in deemed varsities’ waiting list. The Centre had issued a notification on July 21, informing all NRI candidates who had registered under unreserved/ Indian category at the time of registration for undergraduate MBBS/BDS seats and were eligible to be considered under NRI quota to send their relevant documents supporting their status by July 25. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

New Delhi The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to include a student, seeking admission to MBBS course through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as an NRI candidate in the waiting list of deemed universities. The student had appeared for the entrance exam as a resident candidate.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that this would enable the student to approach the deemed universities directly and his counsel said this was acceptable to him.

The high court passed the direction after Central government standing counsel Jasmeet Singh informed that all vacant seats had been released to the deemed universities.

The only assistance that can be granted to the student is that his name can be included in the waiting list as an NRI candidate for onward transmission to deemed universities.

The court was hearing the student’s petition, filed through advocate Pradeep Kumar Arya, seeking direction to the Centre to consider and admit him as an NRI candidate for the admission in MBBS in pursuance to NEET (for admissions to medical and dental colleges) for year 2017-18 in the Central list for deemed universities.

The student, who completed Class 12 last year from Saudi Arabia, said his father was a resident of Madhya Pradesh and his mother was a non-resident Indian as she had spent more than 180 days in the last financial year in Saudi Arabia.

He had applied under the NEET as a resident candidate and not as an NRI and could not be considered in the NRI category.

However, the Centre had issued a notification on July 21, informing all NRI candidates who had registered under unreserved/ Indian category at the time of registration for undergraduate MBBS/BDS seats and were eligible to be considered under NRI quota, to send their relevant documents supporting their status by July 25 (for being considered under the NRI category) the plea said.

The student did not send any of the application or documents following the notification but claimed that he had made the request prior to July 21 and even after July 25, which should have been considered.

First Published: Sep 04, 2017 09:49 IST