New NRI rule could hit medical & dental colleges
Maha May Not Follow Norms This Year
Mumbai: The Union health ministry has decided to do away with the sponsorship practice for NRI seats in private medical colleges and deemed varsities. Only NRI candidates can now take admission under this quota.
Just about any relative could earlier sponsor a student as part of this quota across the country. A total of 15% seats in colleges are set aside for this category.
“NRI Candidates (Including OCI and PIO) are eligible for NRI Quota only and Indian Nationals will be eligible for Management seats only,” said a circular from the ministry. “As per Inamdar case of Hon Supreme Court Only Bonafide NRI will be eligible for NRI Quota seats. No NRI Sponsored candidates will be eligible (sic).” Candidates applying under the NRI category will have to submit their passports and other documents that support their NRI status.
What may come as a windfall for many candidates is that NRI seats vacant after the last round of admissions would be converted into management seats during the mop-up round conducted by deemed universities, and the fees charged will be those for management seats. Fees charged for NRI seats can be, at the most, five times higher than those for merit category seats.
But head of the state Directorate of Medical Research and Education (DMER) Dr The NRI quota has been around for 20 years
In private colleges and deemed universities, a total of 15% seats are under this quota
There has almost been no rule before this on eligibility of a student seeking admission under the quota, except the ability to pay the hefty tuition
A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India who holds an Indian passport and has temporarily emigrated to another country for six months or more for work, residence or any other purpose
A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is a citizen of any other country but whose ancestors were Indian nationals at least four generations away
Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is provided to a foreign national, who was eligible to become a Praveen Shingare said Maharashtra is likely to implement this rule from next year. This admission season, colleges would be allowed to admit sponsored NRI candidates.
“We may follow the practice we have been following for 20 years and allow sponsored candidates this year, but not from next year. That said, we need to confirm the same and are yet to announce the policy we will follow,” he said.
Karnataka too will not implement the rule this year but allow sponsored students. Just about any relative could sponsor a student in the NRI quota *Experts in the DMER even claimed some students would just pay an NRI to become relatives Now, the candidate himself or herself needs to be an NRI. No sponsorship is permitted
Though experts said the quota needed to be repaired, colleges may face an economic crisis by this rule, say some.
Kamal Kishore Kadam, who heads AMUPMDC (Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges) said, “If we get NRI candidates, they are welcome. But if we don’t get, we should get those who are ready to pay NRI fees. 85% quota is merit seats, and 15% is for NRIs, they have to pay five times the fees. Economics of colleges depends on these 15%.”