Only NRI seats are offered for OCI and PIO students

MUMBAI: OCI and PIO students seeking admission in Indian professional institutes will henceforth be equated with foreigners and can only apply for admission under the non-resident Indian (NRI) quota. This will translate into fewer seats for such candidates and significantly higher fees than what Indian students pay.
Previously, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) students were treated equally with Indians; they had equal opportunities to compete for seats in government institutions and to participate in all-India quota admission rounds in medical colleges. However, from this year on, OCI/PIO students in technical education are regarded as aliens who are allocated redundant seats and have to pay a higher tuition fee.
Last year, the SC had granted such students a one-year exemption; in May 2022, it declined to extend the rule. The Interior Ministry notice released Thursday said OCI and PIO candidates participating in undergraduate and postgraduate admissions will be considered equivalent to the NRA in the case of those “appearing for the admission tests for all over India such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) ), JEE (Mains), Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) or such other tests to make them eligible for admission for non-resident Indian seat or supernumerary seat only : The OCI cardholder is not eligible for admission to an Indian Citizens Exclusive Reserved Seat.”

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