Domicile certificate must for professional courses in Maha

Mumbai: Maharashtra government has decided to make domicile certificate compulsory for admissions in professional courses such as architecture, MBA, pharmaceutical and engineering, from the next academic year.

"The State Government's policy of giving priority to local students is very clear, hence the decision was taken. In fact, other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu already have the provision," Minister of Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope, said today.

The domicile rule would be applicable from the next academic year, he said.

"We wanted to introduce the new system from this year. However, the decision could not be communicated to the students and to avoid any confusion it would be implemented from the academic year of 2011-12, he said.

Responding to a query whether the decision would affect students coming from other states, Tope replied in the negative saying there is 15 per cent quota for national level students.