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mbbs nri quota: After SC’s order, Deemed universities abolish NRI quota, move seats to open category


The Supreme Court’s directive to the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) to conduct all deemed university admission rounds online has brought about a significant change in the medical education landscape. As per a ToI report, half a dozen institutes have taken a proactive step towards transparency by scrapping the NRI quota and moving those seats to the open category. Additionally, some institutions have opted to reduce the number of seats in the NRI category. Educationists and parents of aspiring doctors see this move as a positive sign of increased transparency in the business of medical education.

Previously, the MCC conducted three rounds of admission for deemed universities, and any remaining vacant NRI quota seats were returned to the institutes for filling in the stray vacancy round (the final round). However, concerns arose as many unfilled NRI seats were allegedly sold to students at inflated rates, raising questions about fairness and merit-based admissions.

In response to the SC ruling and a circular issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC) on Monday, deemed universities such as SRM Medical College, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhaarath Medical College and Hospital have abolished the NRI quota. Additionally, several universities have opted to reduce the number of seats available in the NRI category in the final seat matrix.

A health ministry official stated that with 100 per cent of seats now being filled through centralized counselling, colleges no longer have an incentive to block seats or engage in questionable practices. The decision to shift all seats to the open quota also reflects concerns that there may not be sufficient demand in the NRI category. As medical institutions embrace greater transparency, aspiring doctors and their families welcome this development as a positive step towards more equitable and merit-based medical admissions.


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