Promoting the concept of ‘One Maharashtra, One Merit’, state Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh on Tuesday annulled the 70:30 regional quota in admissions to medical courses. The admissions would now be based on the results of students who have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Deshmukh said in the state Assembly.
The formula implied reservation for 70 per cent locals (from that region) in medical colleges and 30 per cent from rest of the state.
Making an announcement in the state Assembly, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh said admissions would now be based on the results of students who have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
“Instead of the 70:30 quota, it would be ‘one Maharashtra, one merit’,” the minister said.
Students and parents in the state had since long been demanding the scrapping of the contentious 70:30 formula for admissions in medical courses.
Under the quota, 70 per cent seats in medical colleges were reserved for students in their districts. The number of medical colleges in the state’s Marathwada and Vidarbha regions is less compared to other areas. Hence, students from these regions suffered during admissions in medical colleges.