Giving respite to the students who have qualified NEET 2017 exam, the Supreme Court has extended the deadline of final round of counselling in deemed universities till September 7. SC has also clarified that extension has only been given for deemed universities and no further extension will be granted.
As per previous schedule, the last date for counselling was August 31, but after SC ruling it has been extended to September 7. According to NEET 2017 prospectus, the mop-up round is last step of counselling for seats in each states. In this round, those candidates, who have registered for counselling, but are not allotted any college in the two previous rounds of counselling will be considered.
“Time for mop-up round counselling is extended till September 7, 2017. This extension shall only be applicable to the deemed universities and none else. Any application by any other college or institution seeking extension shall not be entertained,” apex court said.
The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) which is responsible for conducting the counselling informed the court that over 5,500 seats are still lying vacant in deemed universities. The apex court directed that these seats must be filled up from a pool of qualified 55,000 students to maintain 1:10 ratio.
The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked that DGHS to upload the list on the website and mail to all the deemed universities.
“As long as, for the seats which have fallen vacant, the ratio is maintained at 1:10, we do not perceive any difficulty. If 1:10 ratio is not sufficient, the Director General of Health Services is granted liberty to get into the larger NEET list. We order accordingly,” the bench said.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate admission to MBBS and BDS were held on May 7, 2017. NEET- UG replaces the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves.