217 NRI quota medical seats reported to be unclaimed in Maharashtra

According to MH-CET, around 217 of 225 NRI medical quota seats are yet to filled despite three rounds of admission

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This year, even though 13 lakh aspirants across India appeared for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to secure one of the 66,000 seats in undergraduate medical and dental institutes, many seats are still vacant despite three rounds of admissions.  

In Maharashtra, 248 medical seats were reported to be unclaimed, of which 243 are available at private medical institutes. As per the figures revealed by Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) Cell, nearly 217 seats out of 225 NRI medical seats are yet to be filled after three rounds of admissions. The list for vacant dental seats is yet to be released.

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Dr. Pravin Shingare, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) said that most seats that go vacant are from NRI or institutional quota (15 per cent of total seats) because private institutes charge a lot of money for these seats.

He added that last year, 198 seats under NRI quota went unclaimed and the colleges had less than a week to fill vacant seats after DMER surrendered them.

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In Maharashtra, government-run medical institutes had 3,000 seats to offer while private institutes had 1,500 seats to offer that also includes 225 seats under NRI quota. On August 27, 2018, DMER surrendered all vacant seats to medical institutes giving them the time till August 31 to fill these seats.

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