Dismissing the Kerala High Court order, the Supreme Court has directed Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) to surrender vacant all India Quota seats to the respective states.
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“Remaining vacant all India quota seats due to non-joining and resignation by allotted candidates after the conclusion of second round of all India counselling stand surrendered (reverted) to the respective states with immediate effect,” said an MCC notification citing the SC order of September 23.
Previously on September 12, 2016, the Kerala High Court had directed MCC to conduct as many counselling rounds for central counselling as required to fill up all seats under ‘15% All India Quota’ across the country so that vacant seats are not transferred to respective states. The Kerala HC had said that due to transferring of vacant seats process, eligible candidates who have qualified for NEET counselling lose out to state students.
Earlier on September 20, 2016, hearing a writ petition filed on transferring of vacant all India quota seats, the Supreme Court had put a stay on transferring of all India quota seats to states till the further order.
The Supreme Court has also directed the states to complete the NEET Counselling process by September 30, 2016 so that academic session can start as per the earlier scheduled notification by it.
This year, MCC had conducted two rounds of NEET counselling which concluded on September 12, 2016, as per the compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court’s order. Presently, the Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) are conducting counselling for private medical and dental colleges as well as for surrendered all India quota seats for their respective states.
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