Candidates from Madhya Pradesh, who are seeking admission to MBBS and BDS courses through NEET counselling, on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s order for status quo in seat allotment list released on October 2.
They said with the order justice had finally prevailed. They have been waiting to get admission in the medical colleges of the state for the past one month through NEET counselling being held at Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal.
The apex court’s order, the students from the state said, would also bring curtain down on their long-drawn legal battle. They had moved to the High Court and the Supreme Court eight times for the reprieve.
“On Tuesday, I had lost all hopes because neither government nor directorate of medical education (DME) was coming out with any statement clarifying the situation. We were only told that they were following the Supreme Court’s order,” said a female candidate.
Officials of directorate of medical education too heaved a sigh of relief after the court’s order.
“For the past 10 days, we faced lot of trouble. It was painful to see candidates crying at the gate for admission. The apex court’s judgment has come as a relief even for us,” said an official who didn’t wish to be named.
He said following the court order domicile students would get first preference in the admission process and after that if seats remained vacant, those could be allotted to students from other states.
“This will also take care of vacant seats of private colleges,” he added.
The state government, however, continued to draw flak for its role in the issue.
“We are happy as the court’s decision has saved one year of many of the students. But at the same time we are upset over the role played by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the entire episode,” a father of a candidate said.
Vyapam scam whistleblower and RTE activist Dr Anand Rai blamed the government for the “hardship” faced by the students.
“This judgment of the Supreme Court clearly showed that the state government deliberately took the side of the Association of Private Medical and Dental College (APMDC). But when the students presented their case, the apex court gave the decision in their favour. If government wanted to protect the interest of the candidates of MP, they could have done it on October 3.”
Former MLA Paras Saklecha too flayed the state government’s role in the case while distributing sweets among the candidates after the judgment.
Congress MLA Jitu Patwari even went on to allege that the entire episode was indicative of a major scam in the whole process.