Counseling for sixteen medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh will be conducted afresh in the next 10 days after the Supreme Court cancelled the process of admissions in the wake of complaints of irregularities.
In a major setback to the Madhya Pradesh government, the apex court on Tuesday cancelled the admissions of over 1,500 medical students to 16 medical colleges who got through two rounds of counseling after clearing NEET.
The court asked the state government to conduct the counseling afresh and finish the process in the next 10 days. The decision has cleared the way for the students who cleared NEET and are domicile of MP but whose seats were allotted to students from outside the state.
In the counseling conducted by the director of medical education for 850 MBBS seats in government colleges and 852 MBBS seats in private medical colleges, more than 600 students from outside MP got admissions although they did not meet the eligibility criteria.
In a petition filed before the apex court, the anomalies in the admission process were highlighted. Social worker Vinayak Parihar, who was one of the petitioners in MP High Court, said, “The decision will give relief to hundreds of students from the state who were denied admissions because their seats were allotted to other students who did not have necessary eligibility’’.
On September 26 last year, the High Court, in a categorical decision, ruled that only original domicile of Madhya Pradesh should be given admissions in the colleges being run inside the state.
Parihar told the Supreme Court that, “This is again is a Vypam kind of scam where private medical college owners have connived with state to cheat the local people’’.
The decision of Supreme Court led to cancellation of the entire list of students who had got admissions. The new counseling process, beginning on Thursday, has made hundreds of students from the state, who missed the chance to get admissions in medical colleges, happy.