NEET 2016: SC scraps private medical college admissions conducted through separate counselling in MP

The Supreme Court today on September 22, 2016 has ordered the cancelation of admission in the private medical/dental colleges conducted through the counselling held by these colleges individually. The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt plea filed by the state government, which complained that the private colleges in the state are not abiding by the judgment of the apex court passed in May 2, 2016 to conduct centralized counseling through NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) 2016 ranks.

The five-judge bench, headed by Justice Anil R. Dave cancelled the previously held counseling and admission procedure by the private colleges in MP and ordered the state government to carry out admission process for the private colleges within a week.

The Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) and the Association of Private University (APU) had conducted the admission procedure in private colleges of the state. The Supreme Court had previously ordered a stay on both private and government medical college admission in MP on September 14, 2016.

Speaking to PaGaLGuY, the whistle-blower of the VYAPAM scam and RTI activist in MP, Dr. Anand Rai said, “Although this is a big win for the students in the state, there is also a concern about unregulated fees in the private colleges. The private colleges in MP charges between 5 to 7.5 lakh per annum. There is no centralized agency to fix the fees in these colleges.”

After this order, the Directorate of Medical Education (DME), Madhya Pradesh will soon have to initiate the admission procedure for the private medical/dental colleges in the state. Medical aspirants who have already taken admission through the previous counselling conducted by APDMC and APU, need to take admission once again through DME admission procedure. 

“The students will benefit from the order and it will certainly end the confusion among them regarding the admission procedure in the private colleges,” added Dr. Rai.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the Deemed University medical/dental admission case tomorrow, September 23, 2016, which is expected to put an end to the confusion regarding admission procedure at the deemed universities across the country.

UPDATE*

An APDMC official has informed PaGalGuY that they will put the decision about fees paid by the candidates who got admission into private colleges through the counselling that was conducted earlier, on their website.

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