ESIC insured person’s daughter gets MBBS seat under quota

Forty-three-year-old Muthu is a labourer at a spinning mill in Mayanur, near Karur. His daughter Shanmathi appeared for NEET this year and got admission for MBBS course at the ESIC Medical College in Coimbatore.

She is among the candidates who have got admission at the ESIC medical colleges in the country because their parents have been enrolled with the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) at least for the last three years.

“We did not know that my daughter can get admission in ESIC medical college because I am an ESI beneficiary. It was the manager at the company where I work who explained to us the details. Hence, we applied under the quota,” said Muthu.

40 seats in TN

According to C.V. Joseph, Additional Commissioner, Sub Regional Office of the ESIC here, there are 332 seats for MBBS course in the nine medical colleges of ESIC in the country.

In Tamil Nadu, there are about 40 seats for the children of ESIC insured persons at the colleges in Coimbatore and Chennai.

The ward of an ESIC insured person, who has continuously been in service for the last three to five years, is eligible for the insured persons’ quota. This year, Thursday was the last date for filling up the seats and in Coimbatore, two seats under this quota were surrendered to the State quota as there were no candidates.

Admissions for MBBS course at the ESIC Medical College here started last year.

The 500-bed hospital has 100 MBBS seats. This year, 20 seats were reserved for children of the insured persons. There is no State-wise reservation.

Hence, the seats can be for candidates from any State, provided the parent is an ESIC beneficiary and contributing for ESIC benefit for the last three to five years. Among the 18 candidates admitted here this year here, two are from Tamil Nadu, he said.

The annual course fee is only Rs. 24,000 for these students. Earlier, the children could get admission only if the worker was continuously in service for the last five years. It has been relaxed as three to five years now. In some colleges, all the seats are filled. “Awareness should improve among workers and ESIC beneficiaries here about the quota,” he said.

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