NEET-PG: Counseling approved, Supreme Court upholds quota

New Delhi, 7 January

The Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for starting the stalled NEET-PG 2021 counseling process on the basis of existing 27 per cent OBC and 10 per cent EWS reservation in All India quota seats, saying there was an “urgent need” to start it. admission process.

This order will give relief to many doctors waiting for admission in postgraduate courses. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, which had heard the matter for two consecutive days on the applicability of Rs 8 lakh annual income criterion for determination of Economically Weaker Section (EWS), passed an interim order saying , “It is urgently required to start the process of counselling”. It said it is passing operational instructions while detailed reasons will be followed soon. “Counselling on the basis of NEET-PG 2021 and NEET-UG 2021 29 The reservation will be conducted with effect from the notice dated July, 2021, which includes 27 per cent reservation for OBC (Other Backward Classes) category and 10 per cent reservation for EWS category in AIQ (All India Quota) seats,” the bench said. he said.

The apex court, which passed five operative directions, said that the criteria for determination of EWS notified by the Office Memorandum (OM) 2019, including the annual income criterion of Rs 8 lakh, shall be used to identify the EWS category for those candidates. those who were present. For NEET-PG 2021 and NEET-UG (Under Graduate) 2021 examinations.

The Bench, however, said that the validity of the criteria laid down by the Pandey Committee for identification of EWS would be subject to the final outcome of the petitions for future prospective. “The petitions will be listed for final hearing on the validity of the EWS criteria recommended by the Pandey Committee in the third week of March 2022,” the bench said. — PTI

hearing in March

The bench says that the petitions will be listed for final hearing on the validity of the EWS criteria recommended by the Pandey committee in the third week of March 2022.