New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Madhya Pradesh to hold a centralised counselling session for allotment of seats to students for undergraduate and post graduate medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) courses.
The combined counselling process (including state and private colleges), to be completed within a week, will effectively cancel the counselling sessions held so far by private medical colleges and begin afresh the process of counselling in the state.
Seats to students appearing for the common counselling would be alloted based on merit in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
A five-judge bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave, while allowing Madhya Pradesh to conduct a combined counselling session, said the same for Maharashtra and Kerala will be heard Friday.
This gives a push to the court’s ruling on 29 April which called for holding of a common medical entrance exam NEET to be held in two phases.
Phase-I exam was scheduled to be held on 1 May for those who have applied for the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test and on 24 July for fresh candidates. Over 600,000 aspirants appeared for NEET I.
A centralized counselling session will help prevent multiplicity of counselling sessions for students while offering those attending state counselling to be a part of the central counselling session.
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra had approached the apex court seeking a direction to private medical and dental colleges to admit candidates attending state government counselling.
Madhya Pradesh contended that private medical and dental colleges wanted to conduct their own counselling sessions which would be an expensive proposition for students.
The main ethos of NEET is to “give admission on merit” and so that “students will not need to give more fees”, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters in New Delhi, referring to the Supreme Court judgment.
He said NEET will clean up a lot of mess and that the HRD ministry is in touch with the health ministry on the subject.
Prashant K. Nanda contributed to the story.