SC directs states to start counselling round

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Supreme Court has rejected the pleas of medical students for third round of AIQ counselling

Pune: The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the petition filed by students aspiring for the post-graduation medical courses, on Thursday. The students had demanded to conduct a third round of All India Quota (AIQ) counselling, but the SC rejecting it directed all the states to start the second round of state quota counselling. 

SC had put a stay on reversion of seats from AIQ to state quota on April 20, however, it has stated, “We see no reason to entertain the writ petitions, hence has vacated the order”. The second round of state counselling has to be conducted after taking into account the reverted seats on completion of the second round of the AIQ. 

According to the schedule for online counselling, the second round of counselling of the state quota should have been completed by April 26. However, because of the hearing at SC, admission procedure for state quota was halted. 

The apex court has also stated – ‘we are informed that some states and deemed/central institutions have completed the second round of counselling without waiting for the reversion of the unfilled seats in the second round of AIQ counselling.” As this could not have been done, the SC directed that such states and deemed/central institutions shall conduct the second round of counselling again after reversion of the unfilled seats.’

The SC further directed the concerned authority to report the unfilled seats in the second round of AIQ counselling to the respective states by May 5. And the second round of counselling for the state quota should be conducted and completed by May 10. The mop-up-round for the state quota which is scheduled to be completed by May 8 is extended to May 15.

Meanwhile, in the last week, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had announced to lower 15 per cent of cut off percentile for the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) postgraduate (PG) and super speciality (SS). The officials from higher authorities had stated that this was with a view to filling up all PG seats. This decision is likely to affect thousands of students in the country. Moreover, many seats had remained vacant in deemed universities which are now likely to get occupied, stated a source.

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