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NEET counselling: Over 700 seats remain vacant, parents protest

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August 12, 2019, 10:42 am

SMS Hospital

Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital

Jaipur: More than 700 seats remained vacant in government and private medical colleges of Rajasthan after NEET counselling, leading to protest by the candidates and their parents. They demonstrated outside SMS Hospital and tried to block the JLN Marg. The parents also reached the Chief minister’s residence in Civil Lines, but were dispersed by the security personnel.

This is the highest number of seats that remained vacant in medical colleges. Only three seats were vacant after counselling last year. The questions were also being raised over the coneselling process because the students who got less marks and ranking got admission in better and less expensive colleges.

Some candidates are threatening to move court against the counselling process. The first round of counselling was completed on July 26. The second round of counselling was to take place on July 27, but it was postponed to August 1. In the meantime, many students who got admission in medical colleges cleared the counselling in other states. It is being cited as the reason for 705 seats remaining vacant.

The parents reached the residences of chief minister Ashok Gehlot and deputy c chief minister Sachin Pilot. They gave the officials there written complaints about the faulty counselling process. They demanded that another round of counselling should be held to fill the vacant seats.

First published: August 12, 2019