NEET-PG Admission 2021: The admission process to postgraduate medical courses through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been further delayed as the central government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has reconsidered the prescribed limit of Rs 8. have decided to do. Lakhs annual income is prescribed to determine the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category for reservation in NEET admission for PG courses. Also Read – Will NEET Exam Be Held Twice a Year Like CBSE? Health ministry to start talks with education ministry soon
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that a committee would be constituted to determine the criteria for EWS and it would take four weeks. Mehta said that the NEET (PG) counseling will be postponed by another four weeks as per the assurance given to the court earlier. Also Read – NEET PG 2021 Latest Updates: Amid delay in NEET PG counseling schedule, students say answer keys not received, complain of exam glitches
The top court was hearing petitions filed by students challenging the July 29 notices of the Center and the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC), which mandated 27 per cent for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and EWS category in the National Eligibility cum Admission 10 percent reservation was provided. Admission Test (NEET-PG) for Medical Courses for the current academic year. Also read- NEET PG Counseling 2021: Candidates expressed concern over delay in counseling, MCC process likely to start after November 23
‘States should support the Centre’
Justice Kant observed that EWS quota is a very efficient and progressive type of reservation and all states should support the Center in its endeavor. The bench said the only question is whether the classification should be done in a scientific manner and it appreciates that the Center has decided to revisit the criteria laid down earlier.
Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the petitioners (students), submitted that since a lot of time has passed and the Center should push back the implementation of EWS quota for the next academic year and the counseling of the current year should be allowed to continue . The bench agreed with Datar’s contention and asked Mehta whether it can proceed with the implementation of the constitutional amendment to the next academic year and allow the consultations to continue for the current academic year.
Mehta said that the government has decided to implement the 103rd Constitutional Amendment from the current academic year and it would not be appropriate to push it back. He said that if the decision is made before four weeks, then he will inform the court about it. The bench told Datar that four weeks was not unreasonable and it did not want to pressurize the government to do it earlier, otherwise the norms would be set unscientific and haphazardly.
Advocate Shashank Ratnu, appearing for some OBC candidates, requested that the application for reservation to OBC students should not be postponed as the Center is planning to re-consider the EWS criteria. The bench said that it has not said anything about the OBC students and is not disposing of the petition. It then recorded Mehta’s arguments and posted the matter for further hearing on January 6.
(Based on PTI inputs)