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Supreme court cancels NEET-PG mop-up counselling round due to irregularities.

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Peeyush Ghalot
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The Supreme Court has cancelled the All-India Quota (AIQ) mop-up round of counselling for this year's NEET-PG admissions in order to "resolve the irregularities" surrounding 146 new seats that were not made accessible to candidates who participated in rounds one and two of counselling. A bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud, which ordered a special round of counselling for 146 new seats and allowed students who had joined the AIQ or state quota in round two to participate, directed the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) to invite students' options within 24 hours and complete the process within 72 hours after the options' cut-off time.

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These 146 seats were not available to applicants in prior rounds of counselling, and they did not have the option to engage in counselling for these seats, which were assigned to students with lesser merit than those allotted seats in rounds one and two, according to the statement. While hearing petitions submitted by a group of doctors seeking to participate in the mop-up round of NEET-PG 2021-22 counselling, the Bench stated that this needs to be addressed by the DGHS. Because the petitioners also challenged the Medical Counselling Committee's March 16 notice prohibiting candidates from participating in the mop-up round if they have already secured a seat in the state quota, the Bench said the March 16 notice's non-uniform application needed to be considered.

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