New Delhi: The Supreme Court said Friday that special round of counseling to fill the vacant postgraduate (PG) medical seats would not be in the best interests of medical education and public health.
The Supreme Court made these remarks while dismissing a petition filed by a set of qualified physicians for NEET-PG 2021, and cited a special counseling round, citing the large vacancy of 1,456 PG seats after the admission was terminated on May 7.
“Applicants are not entitled to a writ of mandamus for special stray counseling because such a remedy can affect medical education and public health,” the bench of Justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose said.
The bench dismissed the petition filed by seven doctors led by Asta Goel, saying: “Even after 8-9 rounds of counseling, only 1,456 of the 40,000 seats are vacant. It has over 1,000 non-clinical posts.
The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on the issue when the Center said that vacant seats appear every year and that these seats are non-clinical or instructor positions and do not help doctors in their careers.
Of the 1,456 vacant seats, 1,100 are in private colleges and 300 are in government colleges. In addition, 76% of the total vacancies are in non-clinical courses and no purpose can be met through an additional round. The center added that the NEET-PG 2022 counseling process will begin in July and the software for NEET-PG 2021 counseling is closed.
The Bench in its decision noted the need for the Central and Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) to adhere to the timetable, and this will only be possible if the NEET-PG 2022 admission process goes unimpeded. The bench noted that the PG 2021 session, which was to begin last year, is already underway a year late.
“When a conscious decision was made by the government and the MCC that there was no additional round of counseling, it was not considered arbitrary.
On Thursday, the bench said, “Can you say admission to the three-year course, after more than a year? Doctors should be well trained. There is no compromise with education because they cannot be trained for less than three years, considering the impact on people’s health.