NEET (PG) admission: SC cancels mop-up round counselling, fresh one ordered

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New Delhi: In a major development, the Supreme Court cancelled the all–India quota mop-up round counselling for post-graduate medical admissions. A fresh counselling instead of the cancelled one has been ordered and it should be held within two weeks.

The counselling based on the rank list of 2021–22 National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test(Postgraduate) or NEET (PG) was cancelled in order to resolve the anomalies arising from the addition of 146 seats in the mop–up round. The court instructed to conduct a special round of counselling for these 146 seats.

The SC bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud noted that the newly added seats weren’t included in the first two rounds of counselling.

The candidates who had secured admission earlier in the all–India quota or the state quotas too can participate in the special counselling without any additional fees, the bench added.

The court also directed the Director General of Health Services to invite options from students within 24 hours and complete the admission process within 72 hours after the cut –off time for the options.

The bench clarified that all the directions have been issued by exercising its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution to ensure justice.  

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