Karnataka

Medical students slam NRI quota plan

The proposal of the State government to introduce NRI quota and hike fees in government medical colleges has come as a huge shocker to students and the teaching community. They feel this would make it difficult for non-affluent, meritorious students to pursue a career in medicine.

A professor of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) said that introducing NRI quota in government medical colleges would affect meritorious students as the number of government seats would reduce significantly. Currently, NRI quota seats cost anywhere between ₹22 lakh and ₹42 lakh in private medical colleges.

Gautham Balaji, member, Indian Medical Association (Junior Doctors’ Association), Karnataka branch, said that while the hike in fees was justified, introducing NRI quota in government colleges was unacceptable, particularly at a time when the institutional quota seats were up for grabs for students from across the country with the introduction of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test. “However, hiking fees may be the need of the hour as stipends have increased. Increasing fees may also help improve the infrastructure of colleges and give a facelift to hostels,” he said.

Another medical seat aspirant, who did not wish to be quoted, said there are already excess NRI and management quota seats in the State in private colleges. “More than two-third of the NRI quota seats go vacant in the State as students are unable to afford them. What is the purpose of introducing this quota in government colleges? The government cannot think like a commercial institution,” he said.

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