The Supreme Court has suggested National Board of Examination (NBE) to consider an option to conduct “common or single online counselling” for admissions in Post Graduate Medical Courses leading to Degrees and Diplomas and the seats in DNB (Diplomate of National Board) courses in the country, from next academic year.
However, a bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Dinesh Maheshwari, refused to order the common counselling for the current academic year to NBE which conducts NEET PG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Post Graduate) examination.
“Since the petitioners have approached the court at a stage where the entire process has been undertaken and many candidates have been allocated various courses in the Counselling, we do not deem it appropriate to pass any direction for the present year. However, going by the assertions made in the response filed by the Medical Council of India, we may observe that a common counselling or single online counselling in the coming years would definitely take care of any similar grievance,” the bench said in its judgement.
The NBE, which conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations, is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was established in order to improve the quality of medical education. The degree awarded by NBE is called Diplomate of National Board (DNB), which is a postgraduate or postdoctoral diploma where training lasts for three years.