Hundreds of students who qualified NEET-UG 2017 for the admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses have been spending a lot of time, energy and money for seeking admission to colleges in various states. Many students lack clarity on domicile rules and policies.
States like Punjab and Maharashtra have barred the candidates from other states from participating in the counselling process. However, states like Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have no such restrictions. The domicile rules and policies are confusing the students with few medical colleges at a disadvantage. An aspirant from Delhi revealed that he was not able to fill the online form to take part in counselling process in Maharashtra. The official notification issued by state government clarified that the candidates must be state domiciles.
Many aspirants from Delhi are left with few choices as there are only eight government medical colleges in Delhi that admit students based on NEET score. On the other hand, students from various North Eastern (NE) states like Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh are nervous, as there are no medical colleges in their regions. The domicile rules are obstructing them to take up a MBBS course and college even though they qualified NEET.
Few states are not following the domicile rules. The states reserve 15% of seats under all-India quota in government medical colleges. However, only high-rank holders will get admission to MBBS/ BDS course. States like Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have completely opted out of NEET counselling process.
Earlier, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Punjab issued an official notice indicating that only students from Punjab with a valid NEET score can apply for the admission to MBBS/ BDS course. Many experts were of the opinion that the domicile rules are applicable to only state-run government medical colleges but not private institutions.
Few students also raised issues regarding the fact that the domicile rules of various states differ from each other.
On July 14, 2017, the High Court of Madras quashed the order of state government that reserved 85% seats to the state board students.