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Medical aspirants must complete both 10th, 12th from Maharashtra: Bombay High Court

Bombay High Court verdict on admissions to medical institutes under Maharashtra state quotaSC

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday has given a verdict and empowered the state government to make it compulsory for the medical aspirants who are seeking admission to the 85% state quota seats in medical institutes under Maharashtra should not only be domiciled of Maharashtra but must have completed both Class 10 and 12 from the state of Maharashtra.

The high court held the new eligibility rules to be implemented in the ongoing admission process in government and private medical colleges for the academic year 2018-19.

The Verdict, pronounced by a division bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre. Thirty-one students, who had secured admission under the state quota, after June 15 order of the Nagpur bench of the high court are worst-hit, the admissions of these students, now stand cancelled.

The high court bench even declined a plea by Advocate Pooja Thorat to allow these students to hold on to their state quota seats for two days to enable a challenge against the high court verdict before the Supreme Courts.  State Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni Opposed any interim relief to students.

Medical college admissions are done on the basis of the NEET merit list. Of the total seats 85% are filled by the students of Maharashtra and 15% seats are filled through an all India quota.

The HC  said that the State cell had acted without proper authority when it said students who had done their class X outside the state could join the admission process, argued the state later.

The HC in its final judgement slammed the CET cell chief and said “the complete lack of coordination’ is what has landed the students in court where lengthy arguments proceeded for days, all of which could have been avoided.”

Director of Medical Education Dr. Pravin Shingare said that the state’s lawyer in Nagpur was neither authorised nor instructed by the department to make any concession in rules.

He even said that the provisional admission on the 31 candidates who did not fulfil all the three eligibility criteria will be cancelled and those seats will be added to the pool of vacancies. “ we requested the state CET cell to put up the second round of merit list on Friday, after adding these 31 seats.

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