NEET 2017 Counselling: The Supreme Court of India today extended the deadline for the final round of counselling of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) till September 7. The date has been extended for aspirants who have applied for NEET in order to get admission to medical programmes including Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). However, the deadline has only been increased by the apex court for deemed universities. Further, the SC also stated that after this it will grant no further extension for its counselling process. This decision by the Supreme Court comes after DGHS informed the court that over 5,500 seats are still vacant in deemed universities. SC extended the date of counselling with an intention to fill up the remaining seats with from a pool of qualified 55,000 students to maintain the ratio of 1:10, as reported by PTI.
The report further stated that the mop-up round is the last step of counselling for NEET seats in the states. It further said that all those aspirants who registered for it and are not allotted any college in the two previous rounds of counselling will be considered in this round. The last date for mop-up round counselling was August 31.
The Director General of Health Services has been directed by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud to put up the list on the website and send it by e-mail to all the deemed universities. “Time for mop up round counselling is extended till September 7, 2017. This extension shall only be applicable to the deemed universities and none else. Any application by any other college or institution seeking extension shall not be entertained,” the bench said. It further added, “As long as, for the seats which have fallen vacant, the ratio is maintained at 1:10, we do not perceive any difficulty. If 1:10 ratio is not sufficient, the Director General of Health Services is granted liberty to get into the larger NEET list. We order accordingly.”