Pune: The prerequisite of submitting domicile certificates for admission to post-graduate government medical and dental colleges in Maharashtra has been relaxed for Marathi-speaking students from the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, as per instructions from the Maharashtra Medical Education Department.
In a government resolution (GR) issued on Wednesday, the department said that students who fulfil the criteria and have completed their under-graduate medical and dental courses, and hail from the 865 villages identified by the Maharashtra government on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, will be eligible to seek admission to State government-run colleges for their post-graduation.
Last year, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had made it mandatory for medical aspirants to produce domicile certificates in order to get admission to government and private medical colleges in the State.
The State government had reserved around 85 per cent seats for the candidates, who have passed Std 10 and 12 from Maharashtra.
However, parents and students, especially students from outside Maharashtra state (OMS), were concerned that there are already less number of seats available. They felt the State government’s decision may not benefit many meritorious students.
On the condition of anonymity, a parent said, “It might be a goodwill gesture of the State government to waive off the requirement of domicile certificates for the villages affected by the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.
“However, students from Maharashtra may feel that their seats are being taken away as getting seats in Maharashtra medical colleges is difficult. Moreover, these students will be ultimate beneficiaries as they may posses Karnataka domicile certificate as well.”
“It seems that the Maharashtra government has allotted seats to Karnataka students after making other outside Maharashtra candidates ineligible for the State quota even after they have completed MBBS from Maharashtra.
Till last year, outside Maharashtra candidates used to get post-graduate medical admissions under the State quota if they passed MBBS from here,” said a student from Chhattisgarh and who has passed MBBS from Maharashtra and is looking for a PG seat this year.
Another student said, “It is nothing but political appeasement. Students from Karnataka (bordering Maharashtra) will get two options i.e. under the State quota in Maharashtra and Karnataka. So, wherever they will get a better course, they can join. As compared to the all-India quota, one can get better courses under the State quota.” Despite several attempts, DMER Pravin Shingare was not available for comment.