The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced that common counselling will be organized at the state level for admission into undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses. The ministry announced the decision in a press release to promote transparency in the admission process.
According to the amendments in MCI (Medical Council of India) regulations, the designated authority will hold the common counselling at the state / UT level for all the medical colleges in the states. The common counseling will be conducted for all the government and private medical colleges, universities and deemed universities.
The move will bring transparency in the admission process and stop the practice of charging capitation fee by private medical colleges.
Following the NEET UG 2016, the ministry had issued an advisory to the States on August 9, 2016 to conduct common counseling for MBBS admission for the academic year 2016-17.
UGC also directed all Deemed Universities to participate in the common counselling for admission in common courses organized by state or central government or any other agencies.
The advisory was repeated in December 2016 for common counseling for PG medical courses for 2017-18 session.
The common counseling for UG and PG medical admissions will be organized by the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare based on the NEET UG 2017 and NEET PG 2017 merit.