The Supreme Court has ruled that medical seats under all-India quota will be filled by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) through common counselling. This includes government medical colleges as well as the deemed universities. The order is a part of several other directives which have been issued by the apex court with regard to NEET counselling. In another significant development related to admissions in medical courses, the Health Ministry has asked the states to ensure that the entire process of filling PG seats in medical and dental colleges is completed by May 31, 2017.
NEET PG counselling process was held in two rounds from March 14 to May 9, 2017. While NEET UG counselling is scheduled to be held after declaration of NEET result on June 8, 2017.
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Here are the important directives related to NEET counselling issued by the Supreme Court –
1. All-India quota to be filled by DGHS
DGHS will be responsible for conducting common counselling for medical seats under all-India quota in government colleges and deemed universities across India. It must be noted that all-India quota is 15% and 50% for UG and PG courses respectively. This also includes the deemed universities that are managed by religious and linguistic minorities.
2. State quota to be filled by state government (or desginated authority)
For the seats under state quota, will be conducted either by the state government or the authority designated by it. This included both government and private colleges. The order also applies to the institutions managed by the religious and linguistic minorities. The order also makes it mandatory for the students belonging to the minority community to submit proof of their minority status.
3. Only two rounds of counselling
Both all-India quota seats and state quota seats must be filled within two rounds of counselling. Thus, it has become mandatory for DGHS and state government/ desginated authority to complete the counselling process in two rounds.
4. Restrictions on vacating the seats
In case of all-India quota seats, the students will be barred from vacating the seats after second round of counselling. The students who have secured admission in deemed universities after second round of counselling cannot be take part in any other counselling.
5. Fee Structure in the Notification
Apart from the other details, the notification of common NEET counselling released by DGHS or state government/ designated authority, will also include the fee structure of deemed universities and private medical colleges.
6. Fees to be submitted to Admission Committee
The students will be required to deposit the fees through demand drafts at the time of common counselling. However, the demand draft will be deposited to the admission committee and not to the college. With this order, the Supreme Court has made it difficult for the colleges to deny admission to the students.
7. Manual Counselling for Determining Vacant Seats
Once the counselling is over, a manual counselling will be conducted by the state government/ desginated authority to determine the number of vacant seats. The state government will prepare a merit list and forward it to the college. In case of any vacancy arises, the college can refer to this list for selecting the candidates.
8. Verification of Minority Status
The students from the minority community will not just have to establish their minority status. DGHS or state government will be required to make a list of minority candidates who are seeking admission in minority institutions. The minority status of the students will also be verified at the time of counselling.
9. Participation of minority representatives
The representatives of the minority institutions should be a part of the admission/ counselling committee during the time of NEET counselling.
10. Minority students in minority institutions
In minority institutions, the seats under minority quota will be filled by the students belonging to the minority community only. In other words, even with common counselling, the minority institutions will not lose their right to select minority students.
The above-mentioned orders will not be applicable in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
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