Now, med­i­cal seats in Kar­nataka at a dis­count

Va­can­cies un­der NRI/man­age­ment quota go abeg­ging

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Tanu Kulka­rni

The year’s big­gest clear­ance sale is un­der way. No, it’s not elec­tronic items on Ama­zon or Flip­kart, but med­i­cal seats un­der the NRI and man­age­ment quota in Kar­nataka pri­vate col­leges.

With Thurs­day be­ing the last day to com­plete ad­mis­sions in ac­cor­dance with the dead­line set by the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia, these cov­eted seats, for which can­di­dates would shell out any­where be­tween ₹22 lakh to ₹41.98 lakh per year, are now be­ing sold at a hefty 40% dis­count.

Last year, they were sold for a max­i­mum of ₹1.3 crore for the en­tire du­ra­tion of the course (4.5 years). At the start of the 2017-18 ad­mis­sion sea­son, they were priced at a max­i­mum of ₹1.88 crore.

Com­mon coun­selling

How­ever, there were few tak­ers, with as many as 676 of the to­tal 773 seats in this cat­e­gory re­main­ing va­cant even af­ter the mop-up round.

Of­fi­cials be­lieve this is a re­sult of de­mon­eti­sa­tion. What’s more, this is the first time that man­age­ment and NRI seats were al­lot­ted through a com­mon coun­selling process by the Kar­nataka Ex­am­i­na­tions Au­thor­ity, based on the Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity-cumEn­trance Test (NEET) scores.

Com­pare this with other cat­e­gory seats: bar­ring 20 spots, all the af­ford­able seats in gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­leges and gov­ern­ment quota and pri­vate seats in pri­vate med­i­cal col­leges that cost ₹16,700, ₹77,000 and ₹6.32 lakh re­spec­tively have been snapped up.

As per the or­ders of the Supreme Court, the va­cant NRI and man­age­ment quota seats were handed over to the re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions with a list of un­al­lot­ted can­di­dates in the or­der of merit in the ra­tio of 10 can­di­dates for each va­cancy.

In a hurry

M.R. Ja­yaram, president of the Kar­nataka Pro­fes­sional Col­leges Foun­da­tion, said that man­age­ments were in a hurry to fill these seats by Thurs­day.

“Sev­eral seats are go­ing abeg­ging. We got them only late on Tues­day evening. So we have just about two days to en­sure that they are filled. De­spite the dis­counts, we are cer­tain that all may not be filled,” Mr. Ja­yaram said.

How­ever, par­ents and med­i­cal seat as­pi­rants are cry­ing foul as they feel that the col­lege man­age­ments have al­ready “fixed deals” prior to the ad­mis­sion process.

Par­ent up­set

A par­ent of a can­di­date who failed to ob­tain a seat as she did not have a good NEET score said, “We did not pick a seat in a med­i­cal col­lege and chose an engi­neer­ing seat as the fees un­der the other quota was ₹42 lakh per an­num. The same seats are now avail­able for ₹30 lakh per an­num. Had we known this ear­lier, we would have waited for this round.”

Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment of­fi­cials said they would in­quire into the mat­ter and warned that col­leges had to first ex­haust the merit list given to them be­fore ad­mit­ting other can­di­dates.

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