Medical, Dental Seats To Get Converted to NRI Quota Seats

Kritika Sharma updated on : 04 Mar 2016
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The vacant seats B category seats in the private medical and dental colleges in Telangana to be converted into NRI Quota seats

The private medical and dental colleges in Telangana, which conducted special entrance test and counselling for admission to B category seats, are all set to convert a huge number of seats into NRI quota, for which the fee amount is higher than the convener quota and management quota.

As many as 202 of the total 350 dental seats remained vacant on Saturday, after the counselling for B category seats concluded. These vacant seats under B category will now be converted into NRI quota, which means the colleges can admit any student who pays the required fee.

Though, all the 505 MBBS seats under B category were filled in the counselling, many of them are likely to fall vacant after the conclusion of admission process. As per the new fee rule by private colleges, MBBS students have to pay a whopping Rs 36 lakh at the time of admission.

This amount includes Rs 9 lakh as fee for first year and security deposit for the remaining years. Similarly, dental students were asked to pay Rs 12 lakh, which includes Rs 4 lakh annual fee and the remaining amount as security deposit.

If the students fail to pay this fee, their admission will be cancelled and those seats converted into NRI quota. Despite stiff resistance from the students and parents, the private colleges stuck to their fee rule.

Laxmi Narasimha Rao, president of Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association, Telangana said, "We can't run colleges with huge pending fee amounts. Unless the government comes forward to give guarantee for their fee amount for the rest of the years, we can't give them admission with the fee of first year alone."

As the recent talks between the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and the private colleges ended in a deadlock, the Telangana Junior Doctors Association has decided to seek the intervention of Health minister to scrap this new fee rule set by private colleges.

Dr Srinivas, President, TJUDA told Express, "Students hailing from modest surroundings can not pay such a huge amount. We will give a representation to the Health minister and principal secretary and ask them to help students in this matter."

Source: New Indian Express

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