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Multi-domicile rule: Medical aspirants to move Calcutta HC

Kolkata: Some medical aspirants from the state who failed to secure admission in colleges have threatened to move Calcutta High Court challenging the multi-domicile theory which was implemented by the state Health department during the admission of candidates.
The students have alleged that around 280 candidates from other states studying MBBS and BDS courses have secured medical admission in the state as they enjoy the domicile here in the state as any one of their family members have been staying in Bengal.
The multi-domicile system that existed during those days when the state government used to conduct the examination but following the introduction of the single level medical entrance examination, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) throughout the country, the implementation of the old multi-domicile theory is in question.
Incidentally, it may be mentioned here that the Supreme Court recently passed an order cancelling all MBBS & BDS admission of Madhya Pradesh and asked the government to prepare for a fresh list for admission as per single domicile rule for the state.
The students have alleged that the Centre should have told the state government to admit candidates on the basis of the single domicile system otherwise the students from the state would be victimised. The Centre has provided a list of successful candidates but it never mentioned the domicile issue.
As a result of this, the state Health department admitted candidates on the basis of the old system of multi-domicile. Many deserving candidates from Bengal have been denied medical admission whereas candidates from out of the state have taken advantage only because any of their family members are living here in the state.
It may me mentioned Dr. A K Maity who was formerly attached to SSKM Hospital sent a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on July 12 this year requesting her to follow single domicile rule for 85% state quota admission.
Dr Maity said that the permanent address of a candidate given in the NEET Application should be treated as the only Domicile of the candidate. CBSE has prepared the list of individual state (85% quota) students as per permanent address given. But state of Bengal has followed Multi-Domicile Rule.
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