Gujarat government to take up NRI quota issue with private medical colleges

VADODARA: The health department of Gujarat government will meet the representatives of the state’s self-financed medical colleges on Monday discuss a state government ordinance to abolish 15 per cent NRI quota, currently in place in the colleges.

“For the benefit of students of Gujarati origin, the state government has decided to scrap the 15 per cent NRI quota,” Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel said. “The 15 per cent NRI quota would be replaced by an increased 25 per cent management quota – which is currently 10 per cent – to ensure that Gujarat domicile students get maximum benefit.”

Under the new rules of management quota, the applying students would be expected to have completed class 12th from a school of Gujarat and must be a domicile of Gujarat, an official said.

The self-financed medical colleges have already raised an objection to the said ordinance, citing that the Supreme Court had fixed the 15 per cent NRI quota.

They stated that the government’s direct or indirect control on filling the 25 per cent management quota seats would cause the colleges to incur losses.
There is no NRI quota in government-run medical colleges in Gujarat.