BENGALURU: From this year on, it is mandatory to have National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) ranking to get admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses under management and NRI quotas.
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has issued a circular regarding this quoting a Supreme Court directive making NEET ranking mandatory.
This circular has put several medical colleges, which have already booked management quota seats, in a quandary. Due to the circular, a total turnover of about Rs 350 crore to Rs 400 crore will be affected, said sources.
Speaking to Express, a representative of a private medical college said, “With this new rule, at least half of the revenue that private colleges used to make thorough management and NRI seats will go.”
All these years, one did not have to attend any entrance test to get a medical seat under management and NRI quotas. Colleges used to consider just the Class 12 or PUC II marks, even if the student had just passed.
As per information available from medical colleges, at least 400 seats under management quota will now come under NEET. The colleges used to sell these seats for anywhere between Rs 85 lakh to Rs 1.25 crore.
However, the managements, which are not ready to let go of this revenue source, are discussing ways to prevent NRI and management quota seats from coming under the purview of NEET.