Private colleges and institutions offering professional and technical courses are at their discretion to eliminate NRI Quotas after due notice regarding the same, ruled the Supreme Court on 9th October, 2020. In a 28 page document, the SC mentioned that NRI Quota is not “sacrosanct,” and candidates securing admission under it cannot claim it as a matter of right. The bench comprised J. L Nageswara Rao and J. S, Ravindra Bhat. The judgement comes in an appeal filed against the alterations in the seat matrix, which was introduced in private medical and dental colleges in Rajasthan for post-graduate courses. The colleges argued before the Apex Court that the seats could not be filled due to the pandemic situation. Besides this, several NRI Candidates have sought admissions for management seats based on merit in the qualifying examinations. The judgment made a reference to the seven-judge bench decision in P.A Inamdar case, which had held that 15% NRI Quota in admissions is “not compulsory” but only “potential.” Admissions under the quota remain solely at the discretion of the colleges and are within their “internal policy domain,” remarked learned Justice S. Ravindra Bhat. The honourable judge also mentioned that the Apex Court has been consistently sceptical about the concept of admissions under NRI Quota. Referring to the Inamdar Judgement, it was mentioned that the phrase “NRI” is itself a “misnomer” for most of the students securing admission under the quota, nor their parents may actually belong to the category of Non- Resident Indians. Admission of students under the quota is solely based on their capacity to remit exorbitant money as fee at the institution.
Lakshmi Raj C