The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Undergraduate Counselling for the all India quota (AIQ) seats which usually starts in October-November is delayed this year. A statement issued by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) on December 10 said that a matter regarding the 27 per cent reservation to OBC and 10 per cent to EWS students in AIQ medical seats is pending on the Supreme Court and is scheduled to be heard on January 6 next year, hinting that the NEET counselling 2021 will begin after the apex court’s judgment on the case.
“All candidates desiring to participate in NEET-UG, 2021 Counselling are hereby informed that the Office Memorandum No. C.18018/18/2015- ME-II dated 30.07.2021 (Copy enclosed) is under challenge in W.P(C) No. 961 of 2021 before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India,” reads the MCC statement.
Medical aspirants will have to apply online at mcc.nic.in for the 15 per cent all India quota (AIQ) seats and at aaccc.gov.in for admission to AYUSH courses – Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS), Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS). AACCC conducts NEET counselling AYUSH courses.
The central government in July has decided to extend 27 per cent OBC and 10 per cent EWS reservation to all medical seats that come under the central pool. The matter was challenged in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had in a previous hearing questioned the rationale behind fixing Rs 8 lakh as annual income criteria for the EWS category and sought centre’s response.
Courtesy – NDTV