As the month of August has come to an end, more than 5,500 seats are still vacant for admission in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) courses for 2017-18 in deemed universities. According to the schedule fixed by the counselling authorities of Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS), the last date for mop-up round counselling was August 31 which now has been extended till September 7 by the Supreme Court yesterday. Ealier this month, after the first round of MBBS/BDS counseling which was conducted by DGHS, 90% of seats in deemed universities were still vacant.
The counselling was conducted on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 results and the mop-up round is the last step of counselling for NEET based seats in the states. As per the report by Press Trust of India, DGHS informed the court that over 5,500 seats were still vacant in deemed universities, following which the apex court directed that these seats should be filled up from a pool of qualified 55,000 students to maintain the ratio of 1:10. The court, however, made it clear that the deadline has been extended only for deemed universities and no further extension will be granted.
For the admission in approximately 65,170 seats of MBBS and nearly 25,730 BDS courses, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NEET exams on May 7 this year, reported NDTV. Out of the 10,90,085 students appeared in NEET exam, 6,11,539 have passed the medical entrance examination. Of these, 2,66,221 were male aspirants while 3,45,313 were females.