The controversy over the NRIs admission for MBBS courses has finally ended with the decision of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court has made it clear that NRI’s are entitled to admission against NRI quota seats on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying (10+2) examination.
According to an order issued by a division bench, it was mandatory for the NRI students to appear in the PMET or the common entrance test. The order came on an appeal by six students who had not cleared the entrance exam but became eligible for selection under the NRI category seats on the basis of the 12th class exam.
They were required to appear in the PMET only because of a circular dated January 16, 2015, subsequently withdrawn by the Medical Council of India in September 2015. Under the circumstances, it was not necessary for the NRI students to appear in the PMET or common entrance test.
According to the regulations of Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutes, admission to all categories of seats in private health sciences institutes, except in the case of foreign Indian students, was to be made on the basis of inter-se merit of the candidates in the common entrance exam.