New Delhi Sept 9 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea filed by the doctors who had registered for NEET PG exam seeking direction to allow Centre Change Option to the aspirants and to postpone the exam of NEET-PG 2021.
The bench comprising Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat while dismissing the writ petition observed, that COVID19 situation is gradually improving across the country. Earlier, the Bench led by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice Ajay Rastogi and newly elevated Justice Vikram Nath had issued notice for the petitioners who are pregnant for seven and eight months and also asked the National Board of Examination if there is any solution for the petitioners in regard to the change in their centre.
While considering the same, the bench held that, “We had only allowed the petitioners who were in their advanced stage of pregnancy but now we cannot give these petitioners the option. We made an exception and granted relief to two women who were carrying and were in the seventh and eighth month of their pregnancy, as it was impossible for them to travel, but this cannot be extended to everyone.
”The petition was filed by the doctors who are possessing a recognised degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of surgery (“MBBS”) awarded by a university or institute in India and registered with the State Medical Council.Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora appeared on behalf of the candidates who submitted that the doctors before the court were asked to be on COVID duty at different places and the Government had issued a notification of postponement of the exam. She specifically pointed out the emerging number of COVID cases in the State of Kerala and rising parts of the country, to which Justice Lalit states that, “Now, the situation is different. There are no restrictions on travelling. Vacations have increased and the severity of COVID cases are less.”The petitioners have also obtained provisional/permanent registration. It was submitted that there are 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 centres for NEET-PG 2021, which is to be conducted on 11.09.2021 and was earlier scheduled to be conducted on 18.04.2021.It was submitted that the choice of the centre made by the candidates on an earlier occasion was on the basis of their nearest location to their centres of COVID duties and now they are back in their respective places. Centres were chosen before more than the postponement for four months of the exam to be conducted on 18.04.2021.
On the last hearing, Senior Advocate Kavin Gulati appeared for the Petitioners, submitted that “when we first filled up the form, the exam was scheduled for 18.04.2021 and we were in the last stage of internship and also doing COVID duty. Meanwhile, the exam gets deferred…” Further, Mr. Gulati reads the notice when the petitioners were first informed on 06.08.2021 by the Board which states that, “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 the 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.”/ILNS/KR/SNG