New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court of India has extended the deadline to September 7 for the final round of NEET 2017 counselling for admissions to MBBS (medical) and BDS (dental) courses in deemed universities. SC, however, clarified that it has been extended only for deemed universities and no further extension of the deadline will be granted.

The candidates who had registered for the mop-up round, the last step of clearing NEET, who were not allotted any seat in the first two rounds will be considered for this round. The last date for the mop-up round is August 31.

A Supreme Court bench of Judges Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud directed the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) to send the list to all the deemed universities.

“Time for mop up round counselling is extended till September 7, 2017. This extension shall only be applicable to the deemed universities and none else. Any application by any other college or institution seeking extension shall not be entertained,” the bench said, HT reported.

The DGHS later informed the court that nearly 5,500 seats are lying vacant in the universities and they need to be filled up from 55,000 qualified students to maintain the ratio of 1:10.

As long as, for the seats which have fallen vacant, the ratio is maintained at 1:10, we do not perceive any difficulty. If 1:10 ratio is not sufficient, the Director General of Health Services is granted liberty to get into the larger NEET list. We order accordingly,” the bench said, HT reported.

With inputs from PTI.