As many as 1,000 medical seats may go vacant this year after the Supreme Court recently turned down a plea filed on the behalf of the Deemed universities and colleges, urging the apex court to extend deadline of counseling to fill these seats in medical colleges across country.
While disposing the plea a vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it can’t extend the deadline as it will be in conflict with the set norms of time schedule of admission and counselling.
“Merely because the seats are lying vacant, in our view, is not a ground to grant extension of time to fill up vacant seats. If we permit violation of the schedule (for filling up seats, that is May 31) and grant extension, we shall be opening a Pandora’s box and the whole purpose of fixing a time schedule and laying down a regime which strictly adheres to time schedule will be defeated,” the apex court bench said.
The plea was filed by the Education Promotion Society of India, a registered group of over 1,300 educational institutions of the country, seeking to extend the counselling to facilitate admission to vacant seats.
Our 1,000 seats would be filled up if stray counselling would be allowed, deemed universities and colleges had made the plea through the Education Promotion Society of India.