Pune: The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has recently issued a notice to take legal action against students blocking seats in All India Quota (AIQ) for Post-Graduate Medical/Dental Courses for financial gratification.
The notice displayed on its website was issued in response to the complaints received by the committee as well as Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about groups of students indulging in such practices for financial benefits.
“The MCC/ MoHFW has been receiving a lot of complaints from students regarding an active participation of some groups of students who are likely to block AIQ seats in the second round deliberately for financial gratification and these group of students do not intend to join them. This amounts to a criminal offence. Such students will be identified and if credible evidence of seat blocking is found, legal action will be taken against them.”
MCC has also stated that nearly 1,000 students who have not joined after first round have been identified and their future course of action during second round is being monitored closely.
“Other students are also requested to identify such candidates and report their roll number/ NEET rank to the MCC if and when they are aware of the issue,” the notice states.
This is the second year that NEET PG has replaced the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) and has become the single window entrance examination for PG courses offered by all government, private and deemed medical colleges across India. The MCC is conducting an online counselling for 50 per cent All India Quota Post-Graduate Medical and Dental seats, except the state of Jammu and Kashmir as per merit of PG NEET 2018, for all PG seats of the Deemed Universities, for 50 per cent institutional quota seats for Central Universities of Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University. MCC is also providing PG counselling for institutes of Armed Forces Medical Services.
The seats are allotted to the students according to their PG NEET merit, and those left are allotted the seats in the second round. Some students also choose to willingly wait for the second round in the hope to get upgraded to a better college.
The notice was issued in response to the complaints received by the committee as well as Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about groups of students indulging in such practices.