90% NRI quota medical seats still vacant

In Maharashtra, 248 medical seats remain vacant. Around 217 seats out of 225 NRI medical seats are yet to be filled after three rounds of admissions.

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2018 06:34 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Parents of NEET candidates wait out the exam hall at Hansraj Moraji Public School at Anderi in Mumbai on May 6.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Despite 13 lakh aspirants from across India, who appeared for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to bag one of the 66,000 seats in undergraduate medical and dental institutes this year, several seats remain vacant despite three rounds of admissions.

In Maharashtra alone, 248 medical seats remain unclaimed. Of these, 243 are available at private medical institutes. As per figures revealed by Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) Cell, around 217 seats out of 225 NRI medical seats are yet to be filled after three rounds of admissions. List for vacant dental seats is yet to be released.

“Most seats that go vacant are from NRI or institutional quota (15% of total seats) because private institutes charge a lot of money for these seats,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).

He added 198 seats under NRI quota went unclaimed last year. The colleges had less than a week to fill vacant seats after DMER surrendered them.

In Maharashtra, 3,000 seats in government-run medical institutes and 1,500 seats at private institutes were up for grabs — including 225 seats under NRI quota.

This year, DMER surrendered all vacant seats to medical institutes on August 27, giving them time till August 31 to fill these seats.

“We converted NRI seats to management quota and invited applications on August 27 itself. Based on merit, we allotted all vacant seats by August 31. We didn’t need to re-work fees to fill vacant seats,” said Dr Rajendra Gupta, dean, MIMERS Medical College, Talegaon (Pune).

In one case, students got lucky after one of the colleges diverted a few of its NRI seats to open category and reduced fees from five times to three times the regular fees.

“Only a few lucky ones managed to approach the institute at the right time. The rest of us are still struggling,” said Amrut Sharma, one of the applicants.

While most private medical institutes are said they have filled all the vacant seats in the past few days, parents of medical aspirants are sceptical.

“Seats that had no takers for the past two months have suddenly found takers. There’s no way for DMER to find out how the institutes filled the vacant seats. We need a system in place to ensure seats area allotted to deserving candidates,” said a parent.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 06:34 IST