Admission to MBBS courses: SC refuses to extend date

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) has refused to extend the admission date to fill up vacant seats in super-specialty, post-graduate and MBBS courses beyond September 14.

Stating that it would not be appropriate to extend the date, a three-judge Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to the argument of Gaurav Sharma, the counsel of Medical Council of India, that extending the date further for admission would lead to chaos.

The SC had received pleas from several quarters stating that the seats would get wasted if the date was not extended.

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The apex court had earlier laid down a time schedule for the admissions to medical colleges and on September 4 it directed that the admission process should be completed by September 14, The Tribune reported.

“If we permit ourselves to say so, the concern travelled from rational sphere to emotional sphere. We appreciate the concern, perception and the argument advanced at the Bar,” the SC stated while hearing the matter.

On the other hand, the court had earlier extended the deadline for the final round of counselling for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses till September 7 to fill the 5,500 vacant seats vacant in deemed universities for students who have qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

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