The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on May 13 a plea by doctors seeking postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET-PG 2022 exam), scheduled to be held on May 21 on the ground that will clash with ongoing counseling for NEET-PG 2021.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha said it will hear the matter which is listed for hearing on Friday after senior advocate Rakesh Khanna mentioned the petition for urgent listing.
The bench asked Khanna whether the petitioners wanted to postpone the examination to which he replied in the affirmative. Justice Chandrachud said, ‘How can we postpone the national examination? We’ll hear it next week anyway.”
Khanna said the matter is already listed for Friday to which the bench said it will hear it on May 13.
The plea filed through advocates Ashutosh Dubey and Abhishek Chauhan said, “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”.
The plea sought direction to quash the notification dated February 4 issued by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences for holding the NEET-PG 2022 exam on May 21 and or defer the scheduled date of the examination.
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 counselling 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.
“The petitioners and other thousands of aspirants are becoming victims of the system and are made to suffer for no fault of their own”, the plea said, which has been filed by 15 doctors who have done their MBBS courses.