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Aspirants to the NEET PG will have to wait for the outcome as the Centre has informed the Supreme Court that no counseling will be held until there is a final decision regarding the EWS issue. The assurance was given from the Central Government to the top court on Monday. The issue regarding OBC and EWS allotted quotas in the PG Seats of All India Quota is being looked at in the Supreme Court. Following the confirmation of the assurance provided to the Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj, who is the counsel for the center and the highest court bench consisting of justices DY Chandrachud, and BV Nagarathna said that students will be in grave difficulty if the counseling process continued as planned.
STUDENT’S REACTION ON THE DELAY OF RESULT
The Centre Monday promised to the Supreme Court that counseling for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Post Graduate medical courses to be held in 2021 won’t begin until the court resolves an ongoing issue related to the reservation of EWS (EWS) of the NEET All India Quota (AIQ).
Attorney General Additional KM Nataraj conveyed this to a bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, which informed the attorney “Counselling will not begin until we make a decision on this matter. Mr. Nataraj, We are taking your word as gospel.”
The Supreme Court was hearing a number of appeals against the Centre and Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) notice of July 29 that provided 27 percent of the seats to Other Backward Class (OBC) and 10% for EWS category for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) admissions to medical programs. Nataraj’s assurance was made after the senior lawyer Arvind Dattar, representing several NEET candidates, stated that, as per the timetable announced by the Director-General of Health Services, the counseling process for the NEET-PG has been scheduled to start on October 25, says PTI.
He stated that at the time that the court had decided on the pending petitions contesting the notification on July 29 which awaited the introduction of reservation from the semester to year, the whole admission process would be completed and no disadvantage would be caused to the students.
In a separate update in a related update, it was reported that the Apex Court had also asked questions to the Centre regarding the rationale behind applying the same income criteria in making the determination of eligibility for EWS as well as OBC.
In the past, the Centre even submitted an Affidavit to SC in response and stated that the income requirement of Rs. 8 lakh was a valid way in order to determine the eligibility of each category. The rule was adopted after much thought.
NEET Counselling for PG 2021 was previously scheduled to start on Oct 25, 2021, until 50 percent AIQ seats. Because it was evident that the EWS, OBC reservation in AIQ was being criticized by certain segments of the populace, it was determined to place a hold on the Counselling until the entire issue is resolved.
ASG Nataraj explained that “this notice that you have got hold of was meant for just the colleges for the purpose of verification of seats”. However, Datar explained that he received this information through the Directorate General of Health Services.