Karnataka: Increase in state share of seats enthuses domicile students
Bengaluru: With Karnataka reserving two thirds of medical and dental seats for its own, competition between students from outside seeking admission in Karnataka is likely to intensify.
Out of the total 6,615 seats in all medical colleges in the State, 72.24% are reserved for students from the State. 70.98% of the 2,740 seats in Dental colleges are reserved for domicile students, which include seats in government colleges as well as government quota and institutional quota seats in private colleges.The same being the reservation in NRI and management quotas.
College categories have different seat matrix and seat sharing methods. Subsidized costs reign Government and government quota seats, while institutional quota seats cost 8 times government quota ones.
Non Karnataka students can benefit from the institutional quota, only if the seats fall vacant.The possibility of that happening is dim, keeping in view the demand for them.
With NEET being implemented all across the country, students all over are eligible for them. However, with pressures exercised by students from Karnataka, 50% of institutional quota seats in private colleges have been reserved for domicile candidates, along with a cut off in minority colleges, as well. Karnataka has 38 dental colleges and 48 medical institutions.
Though this has encouraged students from Karnataka, students from outside the state have been disappointed.
“We are disappointed as the State government enhanced the State share in institutional quota seats from 30% to 50%, after we had registered,” a candidate from Kerala said.
According to the Medical Education Minister, Sharan Prakash Patil, reservation was made to ensure interests of students from the state.
“Medical and dental seat aspirants from Karnataka need not worry, as they will have an edge on students from other States,” he said.
Medical seats are to be filled by the state government through common counselling, excluding All India quota seats and those in deemed universities. NRI quota seats in dental colleges however, will be filled by college managements .
M.R. Jayaram, of Karnataka Professional Colleges’ Foundation said, the managements have decided to fill their NRI quota seats in the absence of regulations from the Dental Council of India .
According to him, fifteen per cent of the seats in private and minority medical colleges are to be filled by NRIs, Persons of Indian Origin, and Overseas Citizens of India. There are 381 dental seats under the NRI quota in14 minority dental colleges and 21 private colleges in the state.
Seven medical colleges under the Association of Minority Professional Colleges in Karnataka have approached the Supreme Court over fee revision, said Medical Education Department officials. “As a result of this, we have not put up the seat matrix and opened the option entry portal. Students can access it on Thursday,” said a source. There are 1250 seats in these seven colleges.
A medical seat aspirant, speaking to the Hindu said, “I have blocked an engineering seat and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a medical seat. I hope KEA sticks to its schedule and does not delay it any further so that we can give up the engineering seat before the second extended round begins."