New Delhi: In a much-awaited judgment for MBBS admissions , the Apex court in the country has made it clear that it is permissible for States to lay down “essential educational requirements” as regards domicile and residence for admission under State quota to Medical, Dental and Ayurvedic Courses.
With this decision, the rule of the Maharashtra DMER that Only students who have cleared Class 10 and 12 from Maharashtra and have a domicile certificate establishing them as residents of the state will be eligible to avail the 85% state quota in undergraduate medical and dental seats in local medical colleges also gets validity with force.
The contentious issue arose after the DMER Maharashtra, altered the criteria for domicile quota for MBBS, BDS and AYUSH admissions. Until 2016-17, students who either passed Class 10 and 12 from Maharashtra and had domicile status were eligible for 85% of the state’s seats. However, in 2017, the DMER decided to make all three documents, ie Class 10, Class 12 and domicile from the state compulsory
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported on the entire issue of what comes under the domicile quota for UG medical admissions in the state of Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court had also upheld the Maharashtra government’s state quota eligibility rules-2018 for admissions to medical colleges under the state quota. The HC also refused to interfere with the state’s rules that mandate that an applicant seeking admissions to one of the 31 private and government medical colleges across the state under the state quota must possess a domicile of Maharashtra.
“The SC made it very clear that the state has the authority to make rules and if the Bombay HC has already upheld the state’s decision, there’s no need to discuss this any further,” Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) told Hindustan Times.