NEW DELHI: Yesterday, SC agreed to hear on May 13 a plea of doctors seeking postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET-PG) 2022 before it is scheduled to be held on May 21 on the ground that it will clash with the ongoing counseling for NEET-PG 2021.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha told they hear the matter which is already listed for hearing on Friday after senior advocate Rakesh Khanna mentioned for urgent listing of the petition.
The bench questioned Khanna whether the petitioners want postponement of the examination to which he replied in affirmative. Justice Chandrachud said, “How can we postpone a national examination? Anyway we will hear it next week”.
The plea was filed by advocates Ashutosh Dubey and Abhishek Chauhan said,
The Plea says, “The petitioners are the doctors who are doing their requisite internship with different hospitals across the country. The petitioners aspire to appear in NEET-PG examination 2022 scheduled to be held on May 21 for the purpose of choosing their career option as per their ranking, choice, and available options to them under different branches of medical science for Post-Graduation Courses”.
It said that some of the petitioners and aspirants are the candidates who have appeared in NEET-PG 2021 and are participants in the ongoing counseling process which is unlikely to get concluded by May 9, 2022, considering the roller-coaster ride which they have been subjected to since July 2021.
It said that the petitioners are now not even allowed to fill forms for the NEET-PG examination and thus the candidates neither got the seat in 2021 examination counselling nor could register for NEET-PG 2022 examination and would be wasting a full year without their fault.
The plea raised several other substantial questions of law.
It said, “Thus it is stated that the present petition is filed with an intention to secure the future of the petitioners allowing them to excel in the educational sphere of their life. It is submitted that NEET-PG 2022 aspirants/candidates should not be made to suffer and be given a fair opportunity to participate in the NEET-PG examination 2022 when the counseling of last year’s NEET-PG 2021 is still undergoing and likely to be over by May 9”.
Further, it is written that there was a delay in conducting the NEET-PG 2021 examination to ensure the availability of a larger number of qualified doctors for COVID duties, and the examination was finally conducted in September 2021, five months after the scheduled date, resultantly because of this delay, the candidates have practically lost a year of their careers.
“That the respondents have erred in not considering that the NEET-PG 2022 examination was rescheduled from March 12, 2022, to that of May 21, 2022, as the counseling of NEET-PG 2021 was not over and overlapping with the examination date”, it said.
The plea sought MCC to notify a fresh date of examination for NEET-PG 2022 after eight weeks so that the issue of counseling for the NEET-PG 2021 examination gets settled and there is no overlap with NEET-PG 2022 examination.
It also sought direction from MCC and Centre to permit the students/aspirants to register themselves for the NEET-PG 2022 examination as they were participating in counseling for NEET-PG 2021 examination and the last date of filling the form was of March 25.