The Supreme Court of India has extended the deadline for the final round of the counselling sessions for the admissions to medical and dental courses to September 7, 2017. The admissions are for students who qualified the National Eligibility and Entrance (NEET) examination 2017-18.
The court said that the extension of the dates will only be applicable for deemed universities and that there will be no more extensions further in the future.
The bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwiker addressed the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) to display the list on the official website and to forward the same to the deemed universities through e-mail.
Mop Up Round for NEET Counselling
The last round of the NEET counselling is called mop up round. It is the counselling procedure of the allotment of seats by the states against the seats that are reverted back from the all India quota. Candidates who have qualified the NEET exam can opt for this last round.
The candidates who sign up for the mop up round and were not allotted any seats in colleges in the last rounds of the counselling process will be regarded eligible for this round. The last date for the mop up round has been notified as August 31, 2017.
"Time for mop up round counselling is extended till September 7, 2017. This extension shall only be applicable to the deemed universities and none else. Any application by any other college or institution seeking extension shall not be entertained," the bench headed by Chief Justice Misra stated.
Vacancy of Seats
The apex court also instructed that the 5,500 seats must be filled up from the total of 55,5000 candidates, which is directed to maintain the 1:10 ratio. The DGHS informed the court that 5,500 seats are vacant in the deemed universities.
The Counsel for the deemed universities asked the court that if it is required, and for the sake of maintaining the 1:10 ratio, because of the lack in the list for the institutions, then the names from the larger NEET list can be provided.
The bench further said, "As long as, for the seats which have fallen vacant, the ratio is maintained at 1:10, we do not perceive any difficulty. If 1:10 ratio is not sufficient, the Director General of Health Services is granted liberty to get into the larger NEET list. We order accordingly."
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