The Supreme Court will continue hearing the case relating to admissions to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) postgraduate (PG) courses [Neil Aurelio Nunes v. Union of India].
A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna will hear the case.
The case was listed for urgent hearing yesterday after the Central government highlighted the protests by doctors in the national capital seeking expeditious decision in the matter since their admissions have been stalled due to the case.
The case relates to petitions challenging the 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) introduced by the Central government in the All-India Quota (AIQ) seats in State government medical institutions.
One of the aspects the Court is specifically examining is the feasibility of having ₹8 lakh as a cap to avail the EWS quota for PG medical admissions.
NEET counselling is usually held in March every year, but was delayed in 2021 due to COVID-19. The NEET-PG entrance examination itself was held only in September 2021, and the counselling has not started yet. The admission of around 50,000 resident doctors are, therefore, on hold.
The doctors have thus taken to the streets, demanding that the counselling be conducted expeditiously.
During yesterday's hearing the Central government told the top court that the counselling and admission process for the courses was stuck due to the case before the Supreme Court.
Read Central Government's affidavit filed on January 1.
Read more from yesterday's hearing here.
Read live updates from the hearing today below.