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Odishatv Bureau

The counselling for the NEET-MDS admissions is all set to begin from tomorrow (August 20) and continue till October 10, 2021. Exams for the same were held last year on December 16 and the result was declared on December 31, 2020.

Hearing a petition, the Supreme Court had slammed the Centre over delay in the release of counselling dates for the NEET-MDS.

On August 9, the apex court had asked the Centre to apprise it as to when it will conduct the counselling. Later, senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the petitioners, submitted before the top court that the Centre, in its affidavit, said that they will conduct the counselling from August 20 to October 10, 2021.

The plea said the petitioners, who are doctors, are challenging the "unjust and infinite delay" caused by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) in announcing the counselling schedule for NEET-MDS, 2021. The plea sought a direction to the MCC to conduct a separate counselling for the NEET-MDS 2021.

"It is most respectfully submitted that umpteen efforts were made by the petitioners to get in touch with the respondents in order to get an idea about the schedule of the counselling. However, there has been no update about the date of the commencement of the counselling," said the plea.

On July 29, the Centre had announced a 27 per cent quota for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) category in the All-India Quota (AIQ) scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses. The quota is applied in the current academic year, 2021-22.

(With IANS Inputs)

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