In a latest development, the Maharashtra Government has decided to do away with the 70:30 ratio quota for admissions into medical courses in the state. Under the redundant quota system, 70% of the seats for MBBS and PG Medical courses were reserved for the locals of that particular region and rest 30% were open for others. But from the current academic session onwards, the admissions will be strictly based on the marks scored by the aspirants in NEET.
“One Maharashtra – One Merit”
Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh, announced in the state assembly that, “Instead of the 70:30 quota, it would be ‘one Maharashtra, one merit,” meaning that the admissions will now be done based on the merit of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test or NEET.
The Reason Behind Scrapping off 70:30 Quota
According to the latest report, many parents, as well as students, were demanding the scrapping off of the 70:30 quota because the number of medical colleges in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions are less compared to other areas. As a result of which, the students from these regions suffered during admissions in medical colleges.
The move is well received by the parents as well as the students. The move also came as a relief in the midst of utmost crisis owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEET 2020 is scheduled for 13 September at a time when the environment is not at all conducive for holding the exam. But abiding by the Supreme Court’s order is mandatory for not only the institutions but also the students. At least the scrapping off of the 70:30 quota would provide some relief to the aspirants.