Colleges to conduct entrance tests for NRIs

The Medical Council of India issued a circular on its website, advising medical colleges to abide by the norm from the next academic year, and admit students under the NRI quota based on merit, through a common entrance test. Every private medical college is permitted 15 percent of seats under the NRI quota. Self-financing colleges have a management quota and guidelines exist that say universities should form a consortium of colleges and hold a common entrance test for admission, but the Medical Council official expressed doubts about the system's transparency. The principal of PSG Institute of Medical Sciences which is permitted to admit 22 students under the category said those students get an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities that certifies their eligibility. They are affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University and as the State does not have an entrance exam it rests with the government to provide them with directions. The Vice Chancellor of the Sri Ramachandra University that admits students under the NRI quota said he was not aware of a new circular, but would abide by it if it was made the norm.