New Delhi, Jul 2 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today adjourned to July 12, an appeal challenging the costs imposed and adverse observations made by a Single-Judge Bench, while dismissing the plea seeking postponement of the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE).
The appeal was listed before the Vacation Bench of Justice C Hari Shankar and Justice Subramonium Prasad.
A petition was filed on behalf of the Association of MD Physicians, an association of foreign medical graduates, who have completed their primary medical courses from medical education institutions outside India, seeking postponement of FMGE, conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE), scheduled to be held on June 18, on account of COVID-19 situation prevailing in the country.
As per the Indian Medical Council Act and the Screening Test Regulations 2002, persons possessing medical qualifications awarded by a foreign institution are required to qualify the FMGE Screening Test, in order to receive recognition for their medical qualifications and to be registered to the State Medical Councils to practice medicine in India.
The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Amit Bansal, through its June 11 order, refused to interfere with the decision of NBE on the ground that the examination conducting bodies have taken all precautionary measures in holding the said examination, and dismissed the petition with a cost of Rs 25,000.
The Bench had said, “I have no doubt in my mind that the petitioner Association did not come clean with regard to the prior petition filed before the Supreme Court and has indulged in forum shopping.”
In view of the fact that the Information Bulletin for FMGE-June, 2021 had been out since April 16, Justice Bansal observed that the petitioner Association had approached the Court at a highly belated stage – on June 6, and also that the “peak of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is seemingly behind us”. ILNS/BG/RJ