The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the plea to hold a Special Round of Counselling to allow candidates to compete for the vacant seats after the conduct the Stray Vacancy Round of All India Quota.
Aniruddha and Justices MR Shah sat on the vacation bench and said that they will announce their order tomorrow. After listening to both sides’ submissions the order was taken into consideration.
The court noted that there had been eight rounds of counselling before the vacant seats were made. The Court noted that the course is three years long and more than half of the term has passed. Additionally, a large number of seats are not clinical.
It also stated that education is not subject to compromise.
Additional Solicitor General Balbir Sinh, appearing on behalf of the Centre and Medical Counselling Committees (MCC), said that classes began in February and that it would be detrimental if someone takes classes after 6 to eight months.
Yesterday, the apex court expressed concern over vacant seats. The Court also addressed this matter today, and noted that so many seats are being vacant. The Court stated, “You must be correct that if fewer seats remained vacant we wouldn’t have bothered at any”
ASG Singh explained that most vacant seats are not clinical. He explained that in
Non-clinical seats are not for doctors. You can be an educator, but you cannot be a physician. ASG stated that no one takes up the deposit fees when it comes down to paying them.
ASG reported that 1,456 of the 1,456 available seats were in private institutions while 300 are in govt colleges. ASG also stated that fees in private colleges are excessive.
Wednesday’s affidavit by the MCC stated that 1,456 vacant seats in NEET 2021 would disrupt the entire process for NEET-PG 2022.
An affidavit was filed in response to a plea for a special round of counselling to permit the candidates to compete for vacant seats that are now available following the conduct of the stray rounds of All India Quota.
The MCC informed the top court that the software being used for online counselling 2021 has been closed. Also, a refund of security deposit for participation to PG counselling 2021 has been initiated.
A petition was being heard to request that the Respondent Medical Counselling Committee conduct a Special Strey Round of Counselling to enable the candidates to fill the vacant seats after the All India Quota (AIQ), stray vacancy round.
Milind Kumar Advocate represented the petitioners. The Petitioners
NEET-PG 2021-22 was attended and the Rounds 1 and 2, All India Quota Counselling (AIQ), and State Quota Counselling were followed by All India Mop Up and State Mop Up Rounds. The All India Stray Vacancy Round was closed on 07.05.2022. The Petitioners could not secure a seat at any round.
Petitioners claimed they were aggrieved at the counselling process conducted by MCC in such a way that all vacant seats were not part of the Stray round of counselling.
The petitioners claimed that the cause of action to file the present Writ Petition was May 11, 2022, when they received a response to their RTI. In it, it was stated that all medical/dental post-graduate seats had been exhausted, but that some seats remained vacant due to resignations, non-reported, and non-joining. According to the petitioners, however, no official data has been provided.
Accordingly, the petitioner asked Respondent MCC for the number of vacant seats in AIQ after conducting the stray rounds. In addition, Respondent MCC was directed to conduct a special round of counselling to ensure that the candidates can participate in the vacant seats once the AIQ stray rounds are over.