Senior Advocate Bikash Singh, representing the petitioners, submitted to the apex court that the Center had stated in its affidavit that they would conduct counseling for NEET-MDS admissions, for which the examination was held from December 16, 20 last year to October 10, 2021. The results were announced on December 31, 2020.
A bench of Justice DY Chandrachur and Justice MR Shah disposed of the matter after recording the Centre’s statement.
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The apex court on Wednesday asked the Center to inform the Center on Wednesday when counseling for NEET-MDS admissions would take place. It further mentioned that since the Center has approved OBC reservation in medical seats when it will conduct counseling.
On July 12, the apex court took stern note of the delay in holding counseling, and commented that the Center and others had been “delaying” for a year. The apex court said the applicants were eligible BDS students and wanted to know why the center had not done counseling since last year.
The petition states that the applicants, who are doctors, are challenging the “unfair and infinite delay” caused by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) in announcing the counseling schedule for NEET-MDS, 2021. Separate counseling for NEET-MDS 2021.
“It is highly esteemed that the applicants made many attempts to contact the respondents to get an idea of the counseling schedule. However, there was no update on the date of commencement of counseling,” the petition said.
On July 29, the Center announced reservations of 27% for OBC for the All-India Quota (AIQ) Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses and 10% for the Economically Weaker (EWS) category. Quota is the application for the current academic year, 2021-22.
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