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Loopholes in the counselling process of Bihar medical admissions have now been exposed and is one of the most talked-about crisis in the field of education right now. After the mop-up round of Bihar NEET counselling was conducted by the authority, it has been seen that candidates who secured comparatively higher ranks got admission in less popular colleges. On the contrary, candidates with low rank got admission in top medical colleges in Bihar.
The State of Bihar has 972 UG medical seats. The counselling was conducted in three rounds. On completion of the first two rounds, 20% or 183 of the total seats were left vacant out of which 131 were for unreserved candidates. Complying with the rule which states that no can appear for the mop-up round of counselling if they have been allotted seats in the second round, candidates had to stay contended with whatever seats they have been already allotted.
An easy inference can be drawn from the above-mentioned facts that almost 100 candidates were compelled to be satisfied with their admissions to BDS courses whereas they could have grabbed the opportunity of admissions to MBBS courses if allowed to participate in the mop-up round of counselling. Students now have the room to complain that the counselling conducted by Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) is not transparent and has forced almost 125 candidates with better state ranks to remain contented with seats they didn’t prefer.
When contacted, the BCECE Controller of Examination Arvind Choudhary said that are following the order given by the Supreme Court of India and a 2018 State Government order. He also added aggrieved are free to take any sort of legal actions. Such is the condition that the candidates with lower ranks have upper hands on the ones with higher ranks. An employee of Defense Ministry, Vinay Mishra whose brother had to settle for admission in NMCH exclaimed that there is a huge amount of corruption and illegal practices involved behind the stance taken by the examination authority. He has also lodged a complaint by writing a letter to the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Governor Phagu Chouhan regarding the issue. The Principal Secretary of Health Ministry said that they will look into the matter in order to resolve it.