Three weeks after the declaration of NEET results, neither the central nor the state committees have started the admission process. The last date to admit students against vacancies in BE, BTech is November 30.
The delay in admission is due to pending legal cases in Supreme Court regarding 10.5% special quota for Vanniyars and 10% quota for economically weaker sections in the allIndia quota. “By the time they complete the medical counselling, it would be too late to conduct the mop-up counselling to fill these vacancies,” a principal from an engineering college said.
This year, the medical counselling committee under the directorate general of health services – which conducts online counselling for 15% all India quota seats, deemed universities and central university — has delayed the admission process until there is clarity from the Supreme Court in the EWS quota case. Additionally, last week, the state filed an appeal against a high court order quashing a fiat of the state legislature providing 10.5% internal reservation to Vanniakula Kshatriya community within the MBC quota in admissions and employment.
The admission process for the MBBS seats under the state quota usually begins soon after the completion of the first round of counselling by the central committee. “We follow this process so top rank students can take seats from all India quota instead of blocking them at the state level,” said selection committee secretary Dr Vasanthamani P.
Last year, Anna University had nearly 700 vacant seats as many students who joined in the university departments and constituent colleges, quit their programme to join MBBS and BDS courses after the medical counselling.
“Due to the delay in medical counselling, top 50 engineering colleges may have more vacant seats this year,” said R M Kishore, vicechairman of RMK Engineering College.