Domicile certificate mandatory in Maharashtra

Domicile certificate is a key document that enables its holder to prove that he/she is a resident of the state, which has issued the certificate, either by birth or for a period in excess of 15 years in case of Maharashtra. The document enables the holder to avail of the domicile/resident quotas extended by the concerned state in education and jobs, among other things. The district collectors are the issuing authority for domicile certificates.

The latest notification, however, clarifies that a domicile certificate won’t be required in the case where a student has cleared Std XII as well as Std X from the state. However, “students, who are not residents of the state, won’t be eligible for the health science courses even if they have passed their Std XII from Maharashtra.”

On Friday, the state government released a notification specifying details of distribution of the MHT-CET application forms, besides the eligibility norms and allied matters.

The mandatory domicile provision for students, having done their SSC from outside Maharashtra, was introduced last year, primarily to curb the outside students from cornering a bigger share of professional seats at the expense of the students from Maharashtra.

For engineering and pharmacy courses though, the outside Maharashtra state (OMS) students will be permitted to appear for the MHT-CET to attain eligibility of admission to the first-year degree courses. However, the eligible OMS candidates for engineering courses will be considered for admission against the institute-level seats only at private unaided colleges. Similarly, OMS candidates for pharmacy courses will be considered for admission to the 15 per cent OMS quota through the round I and II of the centralised admission process, to be conducted by the state director of technical education, the notification states.

The move drew widespread protests from students, not meeting the domicile norm, and even prompted a PIL in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court, following which the department of higher and technical education agreed to relax the norm for engineering courses.

Medical degree course aspirants, who may have passed Std XII from Maharashtra but Std X from outside the state, will have to furnish a domicile certificate to be able to appear for the ‘MHT-CET 2011′, the combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy courses, scheduled for May 12.

Similarly, students who clear their Std XII from outside Maharashtra, won’t be eligible for the health science courses irrespective of their domicile status as a citizen of the state, the notification states. The government has made exceptions to this clause in the form of the defence candidates; students from the Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Area; children of employees of the central, state and Union territories governments.

Meanwhile, the MHT-CET 2011 application forms will be distributed from March 23 to 31 through the respective high schools and junior colleges. The government has also assigned divisional authorities to enable the OMS candidates secure the application forms by submitting a demand draft of Rs 700 in favour of the ‘Competent Authority, MH-CET, Mumbai’ payable at Mumbai and drawn on any scheduled commercial bank.

 

Though the domicile rule had been introduced for the engineering courses last year, it has been introduced for the medical courses too this year. Now those who want to pursue health sciences courses but have not cleared their standard XII exam from the state will have to submit domicile certificate in order to become eligible for Maharashtra Health and Technology Common Entrance Examination (MHT-CET) from this year onwards.

As per the notification for MHT-CET, 2011 issued by Directorate of Medical Education and Research ( DMER), those not appearing for std XII exam from the state would be barred from taking admissions in the health science courses offered by government/university-run medical colleges. As per para no 4.5 of the notification “the candidate must have passed the qualifying (HSC/std XII) or equivalent examination from an institution situated in the State of Maharashtra, with English, physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology) as subjects, at the time of admission”.

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