NEET Counselling 2021: Supreme Court verdict on EWS, OBC Quota to decide schedule, hearing today
NEET UG Counselling 2021 and NEET PG Counseling 2021 for All India Quota is expected to begin soon, depending on the verdict/ decision of the Supreme Court of India in the EWS/ OBC Quota plea today. The matter would be heard by 3 Judge bench headed by CJI Ramana.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET Counselling 2021 for UG and PG couses have been delayed for the All India Quota for over a month now. The schedule is expected to be announced by today evening, basis the verdict or decision of Supreme Court in the matter today. NEET PG Counseling 2021 delay had lead to massive protests by doctors around the country. On request of Center, Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea ahead of its date. If Supreme Court accepts Centre’s affidavit and permits, the UG and PG Counseling 2021 schedule would be announced to begin the admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
This matter of NEET admissions will be heard by a Special Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud. A definite time is not known yet, however, it is expected to begin around 12 noon. An urgent listing was sought by Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta. Following this, the approval was given by a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India, CJI N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.
NEET Counselling 2021: Delayed admissions, Protest and the Plea
It may be noted that the counselling was delayed as a plea was filed in the apex court against the Government’s criteria for the EWS Quota in the All India Quota. The rationale for the criteria set by the Centre for determining EWS quota was questioned and the time was given to review and review the same. The delay, however, caused widespread protests, forcing doctors to stage nationwide protests. The admissions in the PG courses, it may be noted, was already delayed due to delay in NEET PG Exams 2021. Supreme Court’s nod is required to resume the counseling process.
As for NEET UG Counselling, the admissions for only the All India Quota – 15% seats is on hold. MCC would be releasing the schedule for both NEET PG and NEET UG, once it gets a nod from the Supreme Court.
Centre has submitted an affidavit to Supreme Court in which it had decided to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and retain the existing EWS criteria. Thus, it would only be revised from the next academic year, i.e. for NEET 2022 admissions. If the Supreme Court accepts Centre’s affidavit and agrees to the recommendations presented, the counselling can then resume.
Centre had also presented to the court that bringing changes in the middle of the academic year would open up the floodgates for further litigations, further delayig the process. With the Centre clearing the way for NEET PG Counselling and NEET UG Counselling, the outcome of the hearing today would determine what happens next.