New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed the extension of the last date of the admission process to undergraduate and post-graduate medical courses. This is applicable to the admission to all the All–India and state quota seats in the current academic year.
The last date for PG admission has been extended to 25 November, while the last date for MBBS admission has been moved to 20 December.
Earlier, the last date for admission to MBBS courses was 10 December. This has now been extended to 20 December. The classes would begin on 15 November.
Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli had issued the order approving the suit filed by the National Medical Commission.
Why NMC approached SC
The NMC had approached the apex court noting that the admission in 2020– 21 and 2021–22 had been delayed due to the pandemic and the classes too had begun late. The Commission pleaded the court to allow the extension of the last date for admission, this academic year too.
As per the Supreme Court’s 2016 verdict, the admission to these courses should be completed before 31 May. Special permission is required to change this schedule. It was under this circumstance that the NMC had approached the apex court for date extension.
PG counselling nears end
Meanwhile, the counselling process for PG admission are in the final stage. The second round of counselling for the state quota is progressing. The mop-up rounds to the All – India quota would be held from 31 October to 8 November.
A few days ago, the authorities had allowed relaxation up to 25 percentile in the cut-off for medical PG admissions. More candidates would be able to seek admission, now that the apex court had extended the last date.
The first round of counselling for the All–India quota MBBS seats was completed a few days ago. Meanwhile, the counselling for the state quota is progressing.
The second round of counselling would begin from 2 November.