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Junior doctors move SC: seek postponement of INI CET examination scheduled on June 16

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New Delhi, Jun 7 (ILNS) A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by 26 junior doctors, seeking directions to postpone the INI CET Examination, 2021, scheduled to be conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on June 16.

The petition has been filed by a group of 26 MBBS Graduates saying that amid the COVID-19 Pandemic the Institute of National Importance cum Entrance Test (INI CET 2021) for higher studies in the field of medicine/post graduate studies should be postponed.

The plea said, “With the positivity rate in India being more than 20 percent and in some places, reaching 50 percent, more than 80,000 doctors will appear for INI-CET. Considering a conservative assumption that about 10 percent can be infected, this will itself show the difficulty in arranging for beds and life support for nearly 8,000 doctors, who will take this examination.”

The plea stated, “The same testing authority, which is to conduct INI-CET, had declared postponement of BSc and MSc Nursing Exams, just about 24 hours before declaring that INI-CET will be conducted on June 16, 2021. This step-motherly attitude towards the doctors is completely uncalled for. Further, the 10th and 12th Standard examinations have been cancelled, which itself shows that the Government is conscious of the fact that the deadly virus is a threat amongst the younger population.

“A typical age bracket of doctors appearing for INI-CET would be 24-28 years, thereby being in an extremely vulnerable section, and also vulnerable of being in close proximity and attending to COVID-19 patients.

“It is also a possibility that if the said examination is conducted, many doctors will resign in order to prepare for the NEET PG examination, which is to be conducted in August, 2021, since they might distrust the Government by not keeping their end of bargain with respect to conducting the examination after August 31, 2021 and providing one month’s prior notice.

“In the instant case, only 19 days prior notice is given. Also, the centres for examination are in different states or far from the aspirants’ place of working, which may require travelling and thereby, facing travel restrictions. It is also submitted that many of these doctors are not fully vaccinated and a lot of them have not received their first dose.”

“The conducting of this examination is resulting in endangering the life of thousands of doctors, who are frontline workers in different hospitals, which is a clear negation of Article 21 of the Constitution,” the plea contended.

It said, “The interference of Court is warranted because the students who have filled up the form, but are treating COVID-19 patients on a daily basis, are at a huge risk of contracting COVID-19 and thereby, ousted from taking the examination. It is also important to mention here that writ petitioner no 1 Dr Poulami Mondal is in the ICU and being treated for COVID-19 at Desun Hospital, Siliguri.” ILNS/KR/RJ

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