Maharashtra government scraps 70:30 admission standard in medical courses
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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday abolished the 70:30 regional formula for admission to medical courses in the state. The formula implied a reservation for 70 percent of the locals (from that region) in medical colleges and 30 percent for the rest of the state.

Amit Deshmukh, Minister of Medical Education, announced in the State Assembly that admission would now be based on the results of students who appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

“Instead of the 70:30 quota, it would be ‘a Maharashtra, a merit’,” said the minister.

Students and parents of the state have long called for the abolition of the controversial 70:30 formula for admission to medical courses.

As part of the quota, 70 percent of places in medical schools were reserved for students in their districts.

The number of medical schools in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of the state is fewer compared to other areas. Therefore, students from these regions suffered admission to medical schools.

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