Maha MBBS BDS admissions: Regional quota applicable in institutional round, says HC

Musab Qazi

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court (HC) on Tuesday rejected a plea against applying regional quota during institutional round of admissions for MBBS and BDS in the state.

Adesh Mote, the petitioner from Osmanabad district in Marathwada region, had contended that he was denied seats at two medical colleges in Solapur and Nagpur due to prevalence of 70% regional quota. While the petitioner had argued that the rules pertaining to institutional round make no mention of regional quota, the court said that the rules related to the institutional round and those related to regional quota need to be interpreted together.

According to the petition, Mote had last month applied for admission in the Solapur and Nagpur colleges during the institutional round. However, he couldn’t get admission as the vacant seats in these colleges were filled by candidates from Western Maharashtra and Vidarbha regions, respectively, even though he had a higher National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scores than them, alleged the petitioner.

The plea argued that while the state’s rules for undergraduate medical and dental admissions, issued in 2016, provide for 70% regional quota, it’s not applicable to the seats filled in the institutional round. “It appears that both [the colleges] to the candidates in contradiction to [the rules] inasmuch as the admission are made without considering inter-se merit of the students,” read the petition.

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