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Medical seat in Gujarat available for mere 75 lakhs

DNA   |  May 29, 2013, 10:58AM IST
Ahmedabad: Call it the side effect of the record class XII science result in Gujarat or fear of this being the last year of freedom to conduct the admission process before the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) brings in stringent admission rules. Students seeking admission in undergraduate medical courses under management or NRI quota are facing the heat as colleges are reportedly charging at least 15% higher than the average sum charged in previous years. 
 
According to sources close to the development, donation in colleges in central Gujarat for a seat in undergraduate medical courses has gone up to Rs 75 lakh for management and NRI quotas. This is significantly higher than the sum demanded last year.
 
The hike is mainly because of the colleges’ fear of losing right of giving admission in management quota in undergraduate courses if Neet comes into effect next year – with the admission based on national and state merit lists. A matter is currently sub judice in Supreme Court.
 
Due to this, management and NRI quota seats that were sold at Rs 65 lakh or Rs 70 lakh earlier have now been pegged at Rs 75 lakh. “Usually, the hike is of around 10% every year. This year, however, the increase is more than 10%,” said a source. 
 
Under the 15% NRI quota for medical courses, colleges charge $99,000, which comes to around Rs50L. However, many colleges’ practice of charging higher sum has often created problem for students. 
 
“Owing to higher results, more students have qualified to take admission in medical and para-medical courses. Keeping higher demand, booking of seats in both the quotas in colleges started even before the result of Gujcet came out. We had to really run pillar to post not only to manage money to be given to university and college but also to make sure that we book one seat in MBBS before anyone else does,” said the father of an aspiring doctor from central Gujarat. 
 
There are around 2,780 undergraduate medical seats in Gujarat. Of these, around 1,080 seats are in six government medical colleges whereas 1,700 are in 12 self-financed colleges. There is one deemed university running a medical course. The admission committee for medical education gives admission in management quota whereas colleges fill NRI quota on their own. 
 
According to former syndicate member of Gujarat University, Dr Manish Doshi, higher money charged under NRI quota takes away students’ right to affordable education. “NRI seats and high money charged is a nexus between the state government and management of colleges. Many times, the benefit of NRI quota is given to non-NRI students close to the management or influential people. Because of such practice, NRI students are at a loss and local students also do not gain anything. It’s within the purview of the government to provide affordable medical education and we request the government to provide affordable education to students of Gujarat,” he said. 
 
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