The Supreme Court will hear a plea filed to seek postponement of the postgraduate medical entrance exam – NEET PG on May 13. Senior advocate Rakesh Khanna has filed a plea on behalf of doctors who want the NEET PG exam dates to be postponed by about 8 weeks. The exam is currently scheduled to be held on May 21. The petition will be heard by Bench of justice DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha.
Candidates are seeking postponement on two grounds. First, they claim that the exam is clashing with ongoing counselling process for NEET PG 2021. Doctors who cleared NEET PG 2021 and have a lower rank would wait till last rounds to get a seat, however, in the meantime the application process for NEET PG 2022 has been closed.
The counselling process will be over by May 9, if not extended further, and the exam will begin on May 21. This leaves no to little time for candidates to prepare and can lead to wasting a year. The petitioners are demanding a ‘fair opportunity’.
Further, there are as many as 5000 interns who are ineligible to appear for the exam as they served during the Covid-19 pandemic and an extension will help these interns too to be eligible for the exam.
Last month, however, SC had dismissed a plea to extend internship deadline for NEET PG aspirants claiming it would disrupt academic schedule. The NEET PG 2021 counselling process was postponed many times due to an ongoing case in Supreme Court regarding reservation.
The NEET PG aspirants are MBBS graduates or practicing doctors who apply to study for postgraduate courses in medicine and related fields. In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind earlier the doctors said that they will be left with no choice but to surrender their prestigious medical degrees to the government
Further, on behalf of All India Medical Students Association (AIMSA), a writ petition has been filed in SC by advocate Sandeep S Tiwari seeking postponement of the medical entrance exam.
Recently, a meeting was held between FAIMA and ministry of health. After their meeting FAIMA chairperson said that the final decision about conducting NEET PG exam will on the scheduled date will likely come soon.