Manipal University plans to petitition the MCI about these challenges, Prabhu said. MU receives around 350 applications from NRIs every year and admits 75 of them to MBBS.
Till now, deemed universities have been admitting NRI students to MBBS based on the marks obtained in their class 12 or other qualifying exams. Dr Basavana Gowdappa H, principal of JSS Medical College, Mysuru, said, "We are stranded and there is no clarity in MCI's directive. When deemed universities and private colleges have been providing MBBS seats to NRI students on merit basis all along, why do we need an entrance test for them now?"
JSS University is writing to both MCI and the state government seeking clarity on the process for admitting NRI students to MBBS.