The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court has provided relief to students who applied for health, science courses for 2017-18 after the students has filed a case challenging the clause which made it mandatory for an applicant to have passed SSC or equivalent examination from an institute situated in Maharashtra besides possessing a domicile certificate. The students who had filed the petition to have a domicile certificate of Maharashtra have completed their secondary education from outside the state.The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court had recently reworked the newly introduced clause of NEET UG-2017. The High Court bench has consisted of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Sunil Kotwal.

The state government had earlier decided to reserve 67% of seats in private and deemed institutes for candidates domiciled in Maharashtra which was applicable for a person who is born in Maharashtra or has lived in the state for 15 years has domicile status. About 25% of the seats in deemed medical and dental institutes will be reserved for candidates from the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Vimukta Jati Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) and Other Backward Classes (OBC). This reservation was earlier available only in government institutes. The state government  had also released a government resolution (GR) which had mentioned the clear demarcations of domicile quotas in government, private and deemed institutes. Also Read: NEET 2017: Counselling for 85 percent State Quota started across all states, know cut off, eligibility and schedule

The state filled 50% of seats in private and deemed institutes. All these will be reserved for students with state domicile. Plus 50% of the management seats will also be reserved for those with state domicile, taking the total reservation for them in private institutes to 67%,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER). The students from the state will not be given seats from the NRI quota. The High Court stated that such eleventh hour change of criteria is unjust, unreasonable and affects the rights of further study so contemplated. Also Read: NEET-SS 2017 Result For Super Specialty Courses Released: Check roll number wise results at

Justice Kotwal also stated, “We are inclined to observe that the state government, Director of Medical and Education Research, commissioner, Common Entrance Cell, Mumbai, and Medical Council of India to take note of the situation and the order so that apart from the petitioners, all other similarly situated students would be benefited and they also will be in a position to apply, accordingly”.