Supreme Court issues Directives to States

In an important decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Directorate-General of Health Services to extend the second round counseling for medical seats. The news comes as a big relief for medical students across the country seeking admission to various PG courses under All India Quota or AIQ. The decision is to prevent the 50% seats under AIQ to go back to the States without any counseling.

A second round of counseling will be held from June 2 and 12 in New Delhi as per the orders of the apex court. The court has also ordered all the States to send a detailed report to the Directorate-General of Health Services by 5 p. m. on May 27 about the number of vacant seats. The court ordered that the States need to strictly follow this timeline.

The Directorate-General of Health Services also needs to put this schedule on its website by May 20 and also to notify the total number of seats by June 1.

The petition was filed by Dr. Naval Asija and others and they argued that lack of co-ordination in the admission process between the Centre and States was having a bad impact on the interests of medical students across the country. They feel that the admission process needs to become more fair and transparent.