Not possible to hold another round of counselling: Centre on NEET PG 2021

The Centre on Wednesday said it is not possible to hold another round of counselling for the 2021 NEET PG super specialty courses.

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Not possible to hold another round of counselling: Centre on NEET PG 2021
The Centre said it is not possible to hold another round of counselling for NEET PG 2021 (Representational image)

The central government on Wednesday submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court saying that another round of counselling for the 2021 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET PG) super specialty courses is not possible. The affidavit was submitted hours after a Supreme Court bench reprimanded the government over vacant seats on the course.

The affidavit filed by the Directorate General of Health Services(DGHS) stated that the qualifying percentage cut off for NEET PG admissions had already been reduced from 50 percentile to 35 percentile, but the seats remained vacant.

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In addition, the affidavit stated that over 76 per cent of the vacant seats are for "pre-paramedical courses", which did not find any takers among the students. It also said that the 2020-21 admissions also included seats for the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) courses, which added to the number of vacancies.

Further, the affidavit said the plea for an additional round of counselling that was filed before the court came late. The DGHS said the software for NEET PG 2021 counselling has now been closed and the refund process for the security deposit of unsuccessful candidates has been initiated.

It also said holding another round of counselling will disrupt the 2022 admission process which has already started.

The vacation bench of justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose reprimanded the DGHS on Wednesday for the vacancies that remained even after the May rounds of counselling.

The matter is now expected to be taken up again on Thursday.