No takers for non-clinical courses, leading to wastage of PG medical seats, Center tells SC | India News

NEW DELHI: The Center on Thursday told the Supreme Court that every year 600-800 postgraduate medical seats go waste because students do not want to take up para-clinical and non-clinical courses and skip admission.
A day after the SC expressed shock over 1,456 PG medical seats lying unfilled after the conclusion of the NEET 21 counseling, the Center told a bench of Justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose that it was an annual phenomenon that hundreds of seats got wasted every year in PG courses.
Opposing a plea for conducting another round of counseling to fill up the 1,456 seats, additional solicitor general Balbir Singh told the bench that students would not turn up for admission in these courses. He said that most of the vacant seats – around 1,100 of 1,456 – are in private colleges where students don’t want to pursue the course because of the high cost of education. He said students do not want to pursue non-clinical courses as it would not enable them to practice medicine after completion, and they have to pursue careers as educationists or teachers, which is not preferred by students.
The non-clinical branches include community medicine, microbiology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and forensic medicine. Out of these, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry are non-clinical totally and pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, forensic medicine, community medicine comes under para-clinical.
Senior advocate Rachana Shrivastava and lawyer Charu Mathurappearing for the petitioners submitted their clients were willing to take admission and pleaded the court to direct a mop-up round of counseling to fill up the seats.
Advocate Gaurav Sharma, appearing for the National Medical Commission, said any fresh round of counseling for 2021 batch would derail the counseling process which has started for the 2022 academic session. The court said it would pass its order on Friday.

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