New NRI rule could hit med­i­cal & den­tal col­leges

Maha May Not Fol­low Norms This Year

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - He­mali.Ch­hapia @times­group.com

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%.”

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