NEET PG Counselling to start from 12 January : Mansukh Mandaviya
The exam was finally held in September this year. However, counselling for admissions for entry to medical colleges got delayed, which sparked off protests.
New Delhi: The much-awaited counselling for NEET-PG courses is to start from 12 January (Wednesday), said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday.
In a major relief for NEET-PG aspirants, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of 27 per cent reservation for OBC (Other Backward Classes) and 10 per cent reservation for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) categories for admission to the medical courses for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The apex court allowed the resumption of NEET-PG counselling with immediate effect. The Rs. 8 lakh income criteria to identify EWS beneficiaries has also been allowed from this academic year.
While hearing the petition filed by Niel Aurelio Nunes, the apex court division bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.S. Bopanna directed that the counselling can be held as per existing criteria for reservation of 27 per cent for OBC and 10 per cent for the EWS in All India Quota seats in the State government-owned medical colleges.
The NEET exam was scheduled for December 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam was finally held in September this year. However, counselling for admissions for entry to medical colleges got delayed, which sparked off protests.