SC takes note of delay in counselling for NEET-MDS admissions, says Centre is dilly-dallying


The Supreme Court Monday took sturdy note of the delay in holding the counselling for the NEET-MDS admissions for which exams had been held on December 16, 2020, saying the Centre and others have been ‘dilly-dallying’ for a yr now. 

   A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah, which had issued notices to the Centre and others together with Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) on July 2 on the plea of 9 BDS docs, granted one week’s time to the federal government for submitting an affidavit.

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“These are qualified BDS students. Why you have not held the counselling since last year? Can you imagine the loss to India? You are not allowing them the degree by not holding counselling.” 

“You have been dilly-dallying for a year. Tell us within a week as to when are you holding it,” the bench noticed in the course of the listening to carried out via video-conferencing.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh and lawyer Tanvi Dubey, showing for the BDS docs, referred to the plight of the dentists who had cleared the NEET-MDS in the exams held final yr and are nonetheless ready for the admissions in PG course.

Now the matter has been listed for listening to on July 19. 

The docs, having Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) diploma, had appeared in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-MDS carried out on December 16 final yr by the National Board of Examination (NBE) for admission to the Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) course.

Besides the Centre and MCC, the bench had earlier additionally issued the notices to the Dental Council of India and the National Board of Examination (NBE).

The plea, filed via lawyer Tanvi Dubey, stated that these docs are difficult the unjust and infinite delay attributable to the MCC in asserting the counselling schedule for NEET-MDS, 2021.

The plea additionally sought a course to the MCC to conduct a separate counselling for the NEET-MDS 2021. The outcomes for admissions in PG programs for BDS candidates had been additionally declared on the scheduled date, that is on December 31, 2020.

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“However, after the declaration of the result, i.e., on 31.12.2020 until today i.e. 23.06.2021, there is no update regarding the counselling. It is most respectfully submitted that umpteen efforts were made by the Petitioners to get in touch with the Respondents in order to get an idea about the schedule of the counselling. However, there has been no update about the date of the commencement of the counselling,” the plea stated.

It stated the dentists, who’re additionally registered with state Dental Council, have obtained provisional or everlasting registration and have additionally undergone obligatory rotatory internship of a yr in an authorised or recognised dental faculty.

“That around 30,000 BDS (dental) graduates appeared for the NEET-MDS conducted for admission to over 6,500 seats in the country and till date there has been no update for admissions in PG courses,” it stated. 


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