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National Board of Examination to allow change of centre to 2 pregnant women for NEET-PG exams

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New Delhi Sept 2(ILNS): The Supreme Court was informed that the National Board of Examination has granted the request for change in Centre made by two pregnant women for their NEET-PG Exam 2021. 

A three-judge bench comprising of Justice UU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhat, and Justice Bela M Trivedi has disposed of the plea after recording the submissions. 

Earlier the bench on Aug 31, 2021, had issued notice on a plea filed by candidates who were pregnant for 7 & 8 months and directed the authorities to come up with the decision within two days.

During the hearing today the bench was informed that the National Board of Examination has permitted the change of Centre for the petitioners. Further, he requested that there is another petitioner who is in the 9th month of pregnancy and she should be allowed to change of Centre. Following this, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh who was appearing for the National Board of Examination has submitted that the request would be allowed. 

Background 

The Court was hearing the plea filed by Doctors bring to the notice of the court, grave and serious problems faced by thousands of NEET-PG aspirants across the country due to the absence of any option given to the  candidates to them to change their centers for NEET-PG 2021 

The petitioners have also obtained provisional/permanent registration. It was submitted that there were serious problems faced by thousands of NEET-PG aspirants across the country due to the absence of any option given to the candidates to change their centers for NEET-PG 2021, to be conducted on September 11, 2021, earlier scheduled for April 18, 2021. 

It was submitted that the choice of the center made by the candidates on an earlier occasion was on the basis of their nearest location to the centers of COVID duties and now they are back in their respective places. The centers were chosen before the postponement for four months of the exam.

Senior Advocate Kavin Gulati appeared for the petitioners had submitted, “When we first filled up the form, the exam was scheduled for April 18, 2021, and we were in the last stage of internship and also doing COVID duty. Meanwhile, the exam got deferred…” National Medical Commission had earlier provided a choice of state for NEET-PG, he said. 

“The National Medical Commission, in its meeting on 24th, has decided to extend the cut off date for a period of internship for the purpose of eligibility and for such candidates, they will be able to choose their state for taking the examination and it shall be allotted as per the availability,” the plea stated. 

Gulati pointed out that the first two petitioners are pregnant and prayed for their allowance, to which ASG Maninder Singh said, “I will definitely find some solution for the doctors who are in their stage of advance pregnancy, because what I am instructed is that after finalization, the Admit cards are in process, which is going to be issued by September 6. I will come back on the next date and inform the court.”/ILNS/KR/SN

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