In a first, 100 counselling sessions in 43 days

Successful medical aspirants seeking admission in various medical colleges across the country might end up losing hope in the entire system of medical admission as around 100 counselling will be conducted throughout the country for securing admission in various medical colleges this year, that too within a span of 43 days.

Experts in the field of medical admissions in the country have termed this as absurd as it would put the candidates in jeopardy.  Till last year, all the medical counselling conducted by the various medical colleges, boards and universities across the country over a span of nearly four months whereas this year all the counselling must be completed within one and half month. The process of holding medical entrance examinations in the state got delayed as the decision if the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) would be introduced from this year was under the consideration of the Supreme Court.

As per the order of the Supreme Court, the NEET phase II would be held on July 24 this year but the result of which has to be published within August 17. The situation has become complicated as the Centre government did not seek for some more time. The Central government and owned bodies like Medical Council of India (MCI) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) who were present at the court said that everything relating to the processes of admission will be done within a span of 43 days.

As there is not a single counselling system for admitting candidates in various medical colleges the medical aspirants will be greatly inconvenienced.  The CBSE will conduct counselling for AIPMT seats whereas various Centre owned medical colleges would conduct their own separate counselling. Various state government and private medical colleges will conduct their counselling for filling up the vacant seats. 

Altogether, there are nearly 100 separate counselling which will be conducted this year. The students also have to pay around Rs 2,500 for each registration of counseling.

In case of West Bengal, the state government will conduct counselling for 85 per cent of state quota seats and also in the private colleges’ seats owned by the state. The private medical and dental colleges will conduct their own counselling.

Pradip Chatterjee

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