NEET: Over 705 seats vacant in Rajasthan after 2 rounds, Parents, students blaming authority’s carelessness

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New Delhi, August 12: Glitches have been reported regarding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) counselling in Rajasthan by candidates participating in the admission procedure. Over 705 seats are vacant even after two rounds of counselling. Allegations have been made by parents and students that those with lower ranks have been allotted better seats than those with a higher rank, owing to the carelessness of the counselling authority.

885 BDS seats also vacant

Reportedly, this is the first time when such a large number of seats remained unfilled even after the second round of counselling process. The unoccupied MBBS seats comprise government seats, management seats and seats reserved for Non-resident Indians (NRI) candidates. As many as 885 BDS seats are also vacant along with these.

Seats allotted to candidates in the first round who took admission outside the state were blocked after the first round of counselling, parents and students have alleged. For complete mapping of seats, the counselling authority delayed the second round, but these seats were not freed up and have been on offer only in the mop-up round.

Students took to Twitter

For canceling the mop-up round and addressing the irregularity in the counselling procedure, many students tweeted to request the same to the state government

“Gross irregularities are being done in ongoing NEET counselling. Please help meritorious students of Rajasthan,” a student tweeted.

Addressing the deputy CM, another student tweeted, “I request you to urgently dissolve mop-up round of state NEET UG counseling 2019 as it has brought a big injustice to NEET aspirants of Rajasthan. Random students with low marks are able to get government seats.”

The NEET UG Medical and Dental Admission/Counselling Board-2019, Jaipur conducts the counselling process for state quota seats. Conducting two rounds of counselling followed by a mop-up round is the standard procedure. Remaining seats after the first round have to be offered in the second round, and those left vacant after second round have to be offered for the mop-up round of counselling. As per a local daily, Dr. Sudhir Bhandari, NEET Chairman, said that the due process was followed and any complaints received are being sent to higher authorities.