The curious case of NEET Super Speciality counselling

NEET-SS is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various DM/M.Ch. Courses as per the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016. This year, exam was conducted on 10th and 11th June, 2017.



The issue

There were 553 vacant super-speciality seats vacant after the 2nd round counselling. The third round of NEET SS Counselling was granted by a two bench team on October 11th over-riding an earlier denial by a three bench committee.  In the third round, candidates were advised to opt only the seats they were desirous of joining and to proceed with a warning that seat blockers i.e people who take up seats and do not join will be penalised with debarment. Despite this attempt, after the third round of counselling there were 111 blocked seats plus 250 seats which were not opted at all across various specialities. These 111 blocked seats lead to many candidates being denied of a seats and several other candidates having to pay a huge fees in private colleges despite the vacant(blocked) seats available in prestigious government colleges. A 111 blocked super speciality seats (plus 250 not opted seats) will cost the health care sector greatly where the need for super speciality health care is grossly scarce, out of proportion to the current requirement.


Dr. Dharanindra who has been effected by these irregularities is currently fighting for this case. He along with other other doctors are currently petitioning the court to being about strong remedial measures to prevent seat blocking and to ensure a better counselling process.

For more details and to render your support, Dr. Dharanindra can be contacted on 9686347350.





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