NEET PG counselling verdict: SC allows admissions with a 27% quota for OBCs, 10% for EWS
The Supreme Court on Friday gave its nod to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate and Postgraduate (NEET-PG) admissions while upholding the 27 percent quota for OBCs and 10 percent for the economically weaker sections (EWS) for 2021-22.
The legality of the criteria selected by the committee would be prospectively subject to the court’s final determination, the bench stated in passing the judgment. The case will be heard in detail in the third week of March, according to the court.
The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) had issued a notification on July 29 offering 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for the EWS category in the NEET-UG and PG exams (All India Quota).
Hearing the petitions, the SC had asked the Centre to explain what exercise it had undertaken to arrive at the Rs 8-lakh criteria. Responding to this, the Centre told the court on November 25, 2021, that it will revisit the criteria and sought four weeks’ time to complete the exercise.
Subsequently, it appointed a three-member committee comprising former Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Member Secretary ICSSR V K Malhotra, and Principal Economic Advisor to the government Sanjeev Sanyal. The committee submitted its report on December 31, 2021, recommending that the Rs 8-lakh limit, which has continued since 2019, may be retained, but suggested some changes regarding application for the same.
Also favored continuing with the existing system as the admission process was already on and that, if disturbed at the end or fag-end, would create more complications than expected — both for the beneficiaries as well as for the authorities. Thus supreme court finally gave the Neet pg counselling verdict and gives way for ug and pg counsellings.
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