Even after three rounds of MBBS counseling conducted by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of the Centre, about 1641 MBBS seats are still vacant in the country. Medical Counseling Committee has released the list of vacant seats for Stray Vacancy Round. 2454 seats are vacant for MBBS, BDS and B.Sc Nursing. 687 seats of BDS and 126 seats of B.Sc Nursing are vacant. There are 121 MBBS seats vacant in Rajasthan. There are 483 vacant seats in Tamil Nadu, 162 in Puducherry, 154 in Maharashtra and 118 in Karnataka. Registrations have been done for the Stray Vacancy round of Central Counselling. Now the seat allotment result will be released on 26th September. Only those who have not been allotted seats in the first three rounds could register in this round. Students will get time from 27th to 30th September for reporting in the allotted medical institute.
Out of the total vacant seats, there are 872 seats of All India Quota. 44 seats are in central institutions like AIIMS, JIPMER and Aligarh Muslim University. Only 40 percent seats (679) in deemed universities are paid seats. 44 seats reserved for NRI category are also lying vacant. According to a counselor of a coaching institute, ‘About 50 percent of the vacant seats are in government medical colleges. This problem has arisen due to the free exit and unsynchronized counseling process of the students who were allotted seats. The reason for seats remaining vacant is not just because of expensive seats.
According to a Times of India report, out of the vacant All India quota seats, 59 MBBS seats are in Tamil Nadu state-run medical colleges where tuition fees are less than Rs 20,000 per year. Apart from this, a dozen seats are lying vacant in AIIMS Madurai. According to reports, some states like Tamil Nadu are pressurizing the Center to refund seats for the on-campus spot round or extend the admission deadline beyond September 30. Like NEET PG, private medical colleges are also lobbying the Center to reduce the cutoff of NEET UG by 30 marks.
Fees fixed for MBBS, MD, DM and BSc Nursing of Lohia Institute, this rule was also made regarding stipend.
There are 205 seats vacant out of 250 in Sri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute. This college has announced a scholarship of up to Rs 2 lakh for students scoring less than 200 marks in NEET and up to Rs 4 lakh for students scoring more than 300 marks.