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Online counselling for medical PG courses

New Delhi, March 23: Students who clear the all-India postgraduate medical entrance test will no longer need to travel to the metros for counselling. They can exercise their option for a particular course or college sitting at home or a nearby cyber café.

The Supreme Court today approved the health ministry’s proposal to start online counselling from this year for admission to postgraduate medical courses under the all-India quota.

AIIMS has already conducted the entrance test for these seats and the results are expected on Monday. Each government medical college, except for those in Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh, sets aside 50 per cent of its seats for this central quota, which accounts for over 5,400 seats.

The online counselling, to be organised by the National Informatics Centre, will start on May 1.

Earlier, students who cleared the all-India entrance test had to visit Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Calcutta to attend the counselling programme, spending a considerable amount of time, energy and money.

The health ministry had told the court that online counselling would be a boon especially for candidates from the rural areas, girl students and physically challenged students.

It had also sought permission to conduct online counselling for admission to undergraduate medical courses under the all-India quota, but the court kept the matter pending.

The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the All-India Pre-Medical Test for admission to undergraduate courses under the central quota, which accounts for 15 per cent of the seats at government medical colleges in the states barring Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.