The Gujarat High Court Tuesday orally instructed the advocate general to see that admissions are stayed till the disposal of the two petitions — while one petition pertained to the 10 per cent reservation for candidates belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) of non-reserved category, another was about dropping NRI quota seats in self-financed medical colleges. In the HC, during a hearing on the petition challenging the scrapping of NRI quota, the lawyer argued that there should be stay on admissions till the outcome of the petition.
The chairman of the Admission Committee for Professional Medical Educational Courses (ACPMEC) Dr Bharat Shah has said that admission process for admission to medical courses in the state would begin only after the court orders. He said the admission was getting delayed this year due to two petitions pending for adjudication in the court.
EWS reservation is being implemented in all the professional and higher educational courses following a notification issued by the state government after the demand for reservation by the Patidars. But some people have challenged the notification on the ground that reservation of seats could not exceed 50 per cent and if the notification is implemented, it would take reservation to 60 per cent. The state government also scrapped 15 per cent NRI quota seats from state’s self-financed medical institutes from the current academic session.
According to sources, government took the decision because overseas Gujaratis were not benefitting from the NRI quota. Sources said that 30 per cent of NRI seats went to pure NRIs settled permanently abroad and very few of them were of Gujarati origin. The rest of the seats went to NRI candidates with origin in states other than Gujarat.
NRI quota seats would now be merged with management quota seats, thus raising the management quota to 25 per cent. All these seats would now be available to local students only.
There are no NRI quota in state-run six medical colleges where the total number of seats are 1,080. There are a total of 2,000 seats in 14 self-financed medical colleges.
While 75 per cent of medical seats in SFIs this year would be filled through the Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET) and 25 per cent of management quota seats through NEET. In government-run medical colleges, 85 per cent of seats would be filled up by students from Gujarat through Gujcet and remaining 15 per cent from candidates from all over the country through NEET. From the next year, the entire seats would be filled up through NEET as per Supreme Court orders.