NEET PG Counselling Postponed: As per the recent updates, the Supreme Court of India directed the centre postponed counselling for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Postgraduate (NEET-PG). The SC stated that until it decides the validity of the implementation of EWS and OBC reservation in the all India quota (AIQ) hold the NEET PG counselling. Following the Supreme Court’s direction, the MCC has released a notification saying the NEET-PG counselling process has been postponed until further orders.
The top court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Centre and Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)’s July 29 notification for providing 27 per cent reservation to Other Backward Class (OBC) and 10 per cent to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category students in all medical seats that come under the central pool.
Supreme Court’s Order
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna recorded the assurance given by additional solicitor general (ASG) K M Nataraj, appearing for the Centre, and observed that students will be in serious problem if the counselling process goes ahead as scheduled. The assurance by Nataraj was given after senior advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for some NEET candidates, mentioned that as per the schedule announced by the director-general of health services, the counselling process for the NEET-PG is to commence from 25th October.
He said that by the time the court decides the pending batch of petitions, challenging the 29th July notification, introducing the reservation from the academic year, the entire process of admission will be over and serious prejudice would be caused to the students. Nataraj said the communication which counsel for the petitioner is referring to was sent only to the medical colleges for verification of seats and one more clarificatory notification has been issued on Monday.
Statement of Bench
The Bench stated that, “The counselling process will not begin till the court decides the pending batch of petitions,” the ASG submitted. The bench said that it is taking the word on record. “We will take your word on record that counselling process will not start till we decide the batch of petitions one way or the other. You know, students will be in serious problem, if the process continues.”
“For determining creamy layer in Other Backward Classes (OBC) category the limit was fixed as Rs 8 lakh annual income and they were considered progressed class among OBCs and they were excluded from reservation benefits. Here, for the EWS category, the limit is the same Rs 8 lakh annual income but it was for inclusion in the reservation benefits,” the top court had said. On 7th October, the top court had posed searching questions to the Centre on its decision to fix a limit of rupees eight lakh annual income for determining the EWS category for reservation in NEET admissions. The Centre had then said fixing a limit of Rs 8 lakh annual income for the EWS category is a matter of policy based on the National Cost of Living Index.
NEET PG Counselling 2021
Earlier, the NEET PG counselling was scheduled to commence from today. However, it got postponed after the Supreme Court of India on Monday asked the centre to put on hold counselling for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Postgraduate, or NEET-PG, until it decides the validity of the implementation of EWS and OBC reservation in the all India quota (AIQ).