With Pending Decision on quota, MBBS, BDS Admission delayed in Tamil Nadu
Chennai: As the Tamil Nadu Government has decided to wait for the final Supreme Court judgments in the cases concerning the special quota for Vanniyars and economically weaker sections (EWS), the delay in MBBS and BDS admissions in causing the medical aspirants of the State immense anxiety and stress.
Even though the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) were declared two weeks ago, the Government hasn't still invited applications for MBBS and BDS admissions.
As a result of this delay, the students might have to pay the cost as they would probably not get a medical seat as by the time medical counselling will be over, the admission process for other professional courses will also be over.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the matter of 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for EWS in All-India quota seats is currently being considered by the Apex Court. In fact, due to this matter being sub judice, the counselling process for PG medical admissions is also getting delayed.
As per the latest media report by the Times of India, similarly, the quota for Vanniyars has also been challenged and is presently being considered by the top court. The 10.5% special quota for Vanniyars was struck down by the Madras High Court and later the order of the High court was challenged by the State Government before the Supreme Court.
Speaking to TOI regarding the situation, a medical aspirant, who has scored above 450 marks in NEET mentioned about increasing anxiety and said, "It has been two weeks since the NEET results were declared. The government is yet to call for applications. I want to know which college I would get admission to for my score."
Another aspirant who has scored 500 told the daily, "This year, the conduct of the NEET and declaration of results were delayed. There is no update about all-India quota admissions and state quota admissions so far. My friends who have selected engineering and other courses have started going to colleges. Even if the selection committee starts admission now, we will be able to go to medical college only in January 2022."
Meanwhile, speaking to the daily regarding the issue, a senior official from the directorate of medical education said, "We normally don't start counselling here until at least one round of counselling is completed by the Medical Counselling Committee under the directorate general of health services."
"This will give toppers an opportunity to choose seats from AIQ. Once they pay their fees and join a college, they are not allowed for counselling here. If we hold counselling before them there will be unnecessary movements," added the official.
The daily further adds that the State Health Minister Ma Subramanian has informed that the counseling process would commence only after two rounds of counseling for all-India quota seats are over.