The Maharashtra State Government scrapped the 70:30 region-wise formula for MBBS admission in medical colleges in Maharashtra. Admissions will now be based on the NEET UG results. Announcing this in the State Legislative Assembly, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh called it ‘One Maharashtra, One Merit’.
As per the earlier policy, 70% of MBBS seats in medical colleges in Maharashtra were reserved for the students in their districts. The rest of the seats were open to other students from the State. For medical colleges in Maharashtra, the State Medical Education Department has divided into Marathwada, Vidarbha and the rest of the Maharashtra (ROM). Students and parents have been demanding that the policy be scrapped as it was not advantageous for meritorious students from Vidarbha and Marathwada, which have less colleges. Now, the new policy will allow students to get MBBS admission in the college of their choice.
A parent representative termed the move a ‘win-win’ for all, but also felt that the students from Marathwada and Vidarbha who are not in the top category list might lose chances of getting seat they had in Government medical colleges in Maharashtra.
The Director of Directorate Medical Education & Research said ‘One Maharashtra, One Merit’ principle will be implemented from 2020 academic session. He mentioned that the decision to reserve 30% state quota seats was taken in 1999. Before this, 100% seats were filled only by the local students from the respective University zones. The meritorious students from other zones were deprived of MBBS seats in better medical colleges in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur.
He also mentioned that over a period of time, the policy was being misused as students migrated to other cities for their SSC and HSC examinations and claimed domicile of that region only to get a seat under 70% regional quota. The ROM has 13 Government medical colleges and 11 Private medical colleges. It has some of the most sought-after colleges attached to KEM, Sion, JJ Hospitals, Nair, etc. while Marathwada has four and Vidarbha has six Government medical colleges. In fact, Marathwada did not get a single new college over a period of 5 years with zero increase in 70% quota seats.
Source: Mumbai Mirror
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