The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to put on hold the counselling for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) until it decides the validity of the Centre's decision to introduce OBC and EWS quota in the All-India Quota (AIQ) seats.
As the Supreme Court was informed that the full schedule for the counselling starting from October 24 and ending on October 29 has been announced, the Supreme Court said the counselling should not proceed till the court decided the issue.
The Centre assured the Supreme Court the counselling process of NEET-PG would not commence till the top court decided the challenge to 27 per cent reservation for OBC and 10 per cent for EWS category from the current academic session.
A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna recorded the assurance given by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) KM Nataraj, appearing for the Centre, and observed that students would be in serious problem if the counselling process went ahead as scheduled.
The assurance by KM Nataraj was given after senior advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for some NEET candidates, mentioned that as per the schedule announced by the Director General of Health Services, the counselling process for the NEET-PG was to commence from October 25.
He said by the time the court decided the pending batch of petitions, challenging the July 29 notification, introducing the reservation from academic year, the entire process of admission would be over and serious prejudice would be caused to the students.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies