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The domicile rules for the NEET aspirants have been under a change in Kerala. The new change describes that the domicile rules will not apply to private minority medical colleges in the state from this academic year. It also says that the institutes can choose all-India candidates through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test to the 35% management and 15% NRI quota seats if they want.
In a statement released by the President of Kerala Private Medical College Management Association (KPMCA), Mr. Fazal Ghafoor said, "With NEET being the qualifying exam, we can either take students exclusively from Kerala or from across India for 50% seats. Our decision will depend on the agreement that we enter with the state government."
The issue caught attention when a meeting by the minority institutions was called by the state government on August 9,2016. The meeting raised issues about agreements on seats and the fee structure. They also pointed that they have a freedom to select students across India just like any other minority institutions like Vellore Christian Medical College and Bengaluru St John's Medical College.
In an another statement released by the KPMCA Secretary, Mr. Anil Kumar Vallil, he confirmed the matter by saying, “So far, we used to admit students of Kerala domicile as only these candidates could appear for medical entrance exam conducted by the state government. But now with NEET being the qualifying exam, domicile is no more applicable for us."
To know more about the NEET reservation criteria, click here.Mr. Rajeev Sadanandan, the Additional Chief Secretary (health) laid out his opinions on the matter. He said that the Kerala domicile rules will not apply to minority institutions, agreeing with the whole matter.
The primary effect of the whole issue will definitely get the students in a dilemma. The uncertainty amongst the medical college aspirants will rise who are in management or NRI quota seats as at least 15 of the 21 private medical colleges in the state are minority institutions.
It was also seen that the institutions (Kannur Medical College, Karuna Medical College and KMCT Medical College) who didn’t wish to enter into this agreement, were not part of the meeting on August 9,2016. However, the four Christian management colleges, which entered into a three-year agreement on fees and seat sharing with the government last year, have decided to admit Kerala domicile students only .
According to what some of the sources say, there hasn’t been any consensus at the meeting. The government would be soon calling another meeting, after seeking legal opinion on this issue. Another issue raised was whether it was correct to charge different fee structures for management and general seats, if students get selected from the NEET list.
Another issue that came to discussion was the demand to cancel the three-year agreement with the four Christian management colleges. They believe it will bring in a more uniform fee structure for all institutes. Mr. Sadanandan on this point said, "They wanted a uniform fee structure for all seats, with 10% seats reserved for poor students, or a differential fee structure with substantial high fees for management and NRI seats."
Candidates appearing for the NEET Exam aspire to get admitted into the best medical/dental colleges of the country. It is a uniform selection procedure which reduces the whole hassle regarding the admission process. Lacs of students try their luck and appear in this highly competitive exam. Only the most deserving ones are awarded the seat.
There has been a Bill that was passed by the government in relation with the NEET exam. It states that there will be a single NEET exam in medical and dental courses. This Bill will bring in more transparency and reduce corruption, along with stopping the exploitation of students during counselling, said Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.
The President has also given a thumps up to Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016 and Dentists (Amendment) Act, 2016. These laws were passed by the Rajya Sabha on August 1, 2016 after they got a thumbs up from Lok Sabha last month.
No final decision has been made on the issue, that whether Kerala domicile rules will be applicable to the private minority medical institutions in the state, from this academic year. Majority of the private minority medical institutes believe that they should be allowed to select students from the country, based on their NEET scores, just like other minority institutions. For all those preparing for the exam, the phase 1 of the exam was conducted on May 1,2016 and the phase 2 was conducted on May 26,2016. The NEET Results are scheduled to come out on August 17,2016. The NEET Counselling will tentatively begin from August 18, 2016 and end on August 31, 2016.
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