NEET Super Speciality: Unfair if third counselling doesn’t happen, say students

The Supreme Court (SC) recently reserved its judgment on the case, but students hope it will order a third round of counselling soon

education Updated: Sep 26, 2017 13:22 IST
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the Supreme Court (SC) recently reserved its judgment on a case related to a third round of counselling for super specialty seats medical courses(Hindustan Times)

Even after the second round of counselling for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Super Speciality (NEET-SS) more than 500 seats for higher studies in medical (DM) and surgery (MCh) courses remain vacant all over India. Hearing a plea for a third round of counselling to fill up all seats by 25 NEET-SS aspirants, the Supreme Court (SC) recently reserved its judgment on the case, but students hope it will order a third round of counselling soon.

The court chose to combine the case (item 74) with another one (item 64) listed for hearing on September 22, in which advocate Kapil Sibal argued in favour of a ‘mop-up round’ for NEET SS seats for private colleges and institutes. A mop-up is different from counselling as it’s meant only for those who do not get a seat in round one or two of counselling. “A mop-up round will not do justice to all aspirants as it gives a chance to candidates with low NEET SS ranking to opt for high priority seats,” a medical student said.

A third round of counselling will enable all eligible candidates who have qualified NEET-SS to take a shot at priority seats.

“Super specialisation seats are precious, these should not go waste or go to candidates who can afford the exorbitant fees of private colleges. All candidates should be given a chance,” a medical student told the Hindustan Times.

The NEET SS was held on June 10 and 11 and results were out on July 15. The first round of counselling was held in August for just 1,140 seats. About 828 seats were not offered as states such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and some institutes did not submit their (seat) vacancy lists.

The apex court ordered a second round and counselling was held from September 14 to 16. Even though Andhra and Telangana submitted their lists, more than 500 seats remained vacant.

Medical students argue that since 828 seats were not offered in the first round of counselling and 500 seats remain vacant now, all super specialisation seats have not been subjected to two rounds of counselling.

“Mop-up rounds can be conducted only for a few seats. Only private medical colleges benefit from this as they charge a huge fee. This goes against the ultimate aim of NEET-SS, which is all-round equality and gives a chance to students from all sections of the society to try and complete their super specialisation from good institutes of their choice for a reasonable fee,” the student said.

Since judgment has been reserved in the case, the medical students say they are praying for a ruling soon in favour of round three of counselling.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 12:47 IST