A new reservation category has been introduced for candidates who have applied for medical colleges for the academic year 2020-21. for medical colleges for the academic year 2020-21. The new category will be called ‘Wards of Covid Warriors’ under which the kin of Covid-19 warriors will be granted admissions in MBBS and BDS courses.
Under this new category, five seats will be reserved for the wards of Covid-19 warriors in MBBS and BDS colleges across India for this academic session, according to the announcement made by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan.
The seats under this new category are set to be reserved for the children of Covid-19 warriors that includes ASHA workers working on the ground, nurses, and doctors who have lost their lives in the pandemic or died accidentally on account of Covid-19 related duty.
The admission would be granted for the ‘Wards of Covid Warriors’ category on the basis of merit under the All India Quota (AIQ). Dr Harsh Vardhan also said, “This will honour the Solemn Sacrifice of all COVID warriors who served with selfless dedication for the cause of duty and humanity.”
NEET admissions 2020: Counselling postponed
Recently, the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has announced that the registration for the second round of the NEET counselling 2020 is being postponed. The registration process for round 2 will now commence from November 20.
The registration process for the second round of counselling was supposed to begin on November 18 but was further postponed due to the addition of the wards of insured persons (IP) quota in round 2 seat matrix.
The MCC has also reopened the surrender facility for the round 1 NEET UG counselling and it will be available till 5 pm on November 19, 2020.
The admissions for MBBS courses are done through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination, which is conducted across the country every year. This year, the NEET 2020 exam was conducted in September due to the Covid-19 pandemic.