The Goan Government is set to pay INR 2.5 lakh per seat to a university in Maharashtra and INR 6 lakh per seat to a Pondicherry university to reserve a total of 11 seats for students from Goa. The decision has been taken as the state currently does not have any university or college for veterinary and animal husbandry studies.

The admission for these 11 reserved seats will be done via the NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) from 2019 to 2020 as the universities wish tap into more talented students. According to an official source, “The Goa government has a long-standing MoU with the Rajiv Gandhi institute of Veterinary Education and Research at Pondicherry and the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University at Nagpur. And the state government is paying a huge amount to reserve these seats for Goan students, but the awareness about it is poor. They used to get only around 100 applicants a year.”

In the state common entrance test prospectus, the Goan Government has already added information regarding the program and applying through NEET to boost awareness about these reserved seats. “From 2019-2020, both institutes will admit Goan students based on their NEET score and this will bring uniformity in the admission process.” said the official.

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