Published: 26th July 2019
Why these four students are demanding that MBBS counselling be conducted again
The students said in their petitions that according to the prospectus for the management quota made no mention of the state quota and that this would deny opportunities for local students.
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Directorate of Medical Education to submit their response to allegations that candidates from outside Tamil Nadu were given seats under the State quota. Four students had filed a petition with the court claiming that they had lost an opportunity to get a medical seat because students from other states were given seats. The students are demanding that the rank list be rechecked and quash the counselling and conduct it again.
G Somnath, K. Neya, VC Ajithvass and AM Srilaya, in separate petitions, said out of the 3,250 medical seats in the 23 medical colleges 15 percent or 506 seats were reserved under the all-India quota. Under the state quota, 2744 seats were allocated and 1800 MBBS seats were under the private self-financing quota. Among these seats, 977 were for government quota and 562 were management seats in private colleges, 260 were NRI seats.
The students said in their petitions that according to the prospectus, for the management quota, there was no mention of the state quota and that this would deny opportunities for local students. The government quota mandates that 85 percent of the seats be allocated to state students and 15 percent for students from other states. However, the students have submitted a list of 126 names, claiming these candidates from other states were given seats under the State quota. This is currently being verified and the hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday.
"In other states, no students from outside states have been given a seat under the state quota. In Kerala all the state quota students are Keralites, the same goes for Karnataka. Only here this seems to be happening," Advocate KK Kannan, who is representing the students said. He also mentioned that students who have one parent from TN and another parent from a different state and are brought up in the other state too are applying for the state quota, "They apply in the state quota in that state and here also they apply, even though they've not been brought up here. This is illegal and we've told the court the same," he said.
Speaking about private colleges, Kanna said that 50 percent of the seats are given to the government quota and the rest — 15 percent is for NRIs and 35 percent are management seats that are available to everyone. "We are asking that the 35 percent also come under state quota because otherwise, our students don't stand a chance," he added.
"Since the seats are under management quota, whoever pays the most money will be able to get those seats. Students from Tamil Nadu might complain against this or might not be able to give as much money, so they lose the seats," the advocate explained.
In their petition, the students mention, "As per the rank list, the majority of applicants seem to be from other state applicants who have captured all the MBBS seats under the management quota. Even though the private colleges run by self-financing, the state has an important role to implement its policy of domicile reservation. Definitely, the other state candidates will not come back to Tamil Nadu to serve. Tamil Nadu state already has a shortage of doctors and it is the need of the hour to direct the state to conduct counselling in accordance with the domicile reservation rule."