Supreme Court Cancels NEET-PG 2021-22 Mop-Up Round; Orders Special Counselling
The Supreme Court has taken decisive action to address anomalies in the NEET-PG 2021-22 admissions process, canceling the mop-up round and ordering special counselling for 146 newly available seats.
Anomalies in Seat Allocation
In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court has canceled the All India Quota (AIQ) mop-up round counselling for NEET-PG 2021-22 admissions due to anomalies in seat allocation. The discrepancies primarily revolve around 146 fresh seats that were not accessible to candidates who participated in the first two rounds of counselling.
Special Counselling for 146 Seats
To rectify these anomalies, the Court has directed the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) to conduct a special round of counselling exclusively for the 146 newly available seats. Importantly, students who have already enrolled in the AIQ or state quota in the second round will also have the opportunity to participate in this special counselling.
Swift Resolution Mandated
The bench, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Bela M Trivedi, has set strict timelines for the process. The DGHS has been instructed to invite options from students within 24 hours and complete the counselling process within 72 hours after the cut-off time for the options.
It’s worth noting that all these directions have been issued by the Supreme Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution.
Status Quo Maintenance
Prior to this decision, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to maintain the status quo in the mop-up round of NEET-PG 2021-22 counselling until a thorough review of issues, including the addition of the 146 new seats, had been conducted.