The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued a circular asking medical colleges to conduct a common entrance examination for granting admission to candidates under the Non Resident India (NRI) quota.
Dated January 16, 2015, the circular is currently available on the official MCI website. It advises the colleges to implement on the proposed common entrance examination from the 2015-16 academic session.
Because there are not NRI quotas in government-run medical colleges, the rule does not apply to them.
Every private medical college across India is allowed 15 per cent seats under the NRI quota. Self-funded colleges also have management quota and there is a specific guideline that makes it necessary for deemed universities to form a consortium of colleges and conduct a common entrance examination for admission.
But we don’t know how far this is transparent,” a medical education official added, as reported by the Hindu.
S Ramalingam, principal of PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, a college with the permission to grant admission to 22 NRI students, stated that these students are awarded an equivalence certificate certifying their eligibility from the Association of Indian Universities.
“Around 200 to 300 students may apply but there are seat restrictions. We are affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University and as the State does not have an entrance exam it rests with the government to provide directions to us,” he said.
So far, no medical colleges have come forward with any objection to this new MCI guideline. . “We can admit only 100 students and if there are NRI students, we follow the Supreme Court ruling for admission,” principal of Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar Medical College K. Jayapaul said.