Supreme Court declines to put off PG final year medical exams

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to pass a sweeping order to postpone the final exams of the postgraduate medical courses in universities across the country.A Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and M.R. Shah was hearing pleas by PG medical students, who said preparing for the exams amid COVID-19 duty was difficult. They sought more time to study for the exams.The court said it could not possibly be asked to pass a general order to postpone exams for which dates had not been announced yet.The Bench said the National Medical Commission would keep in mind the COVID-19 situation and doctors working round the clock during the pandemic. The court also noted that the universities had not been made parties to the case.How do we pass a general order when hundreds of universities are involved?” the court asked.Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for the students, said his clients would be made to choose between their COVID duty and taking time off to study for their exams.He submitted this was something doctors should not be compelled to do during these dire times for public health. He said the court should intervene on behalf of the doctors to ensure that they are given “reasonable time” to prepare for the exams.On June 11, the court refused a plea by these students to waive the exams.TheBench said the court had, however, intervened on behalf of the students wherever possible. On June 11, the court, in a separate case, ordered the postponement of the AIIMS’ Post Graduate Entrance Test-INICET exams, scheduled for June 16, by a month after taking into consideration fatigue within the medical community after battling a particularly devastating second wave of the pandemic.In that case, a group of doctors had similarly moved the Supreme Court challenging an AIIMS notification that announced the exam in June in “utter disregard” of an assurance from the Prime Minister’s Office to postpone PG exams by four months.Final Year PG Exam 2021 for medical students is yet to be scheduled by various universities across the country. However, as students are busy in COVID duty, they have urged the Supreme Court to postpone their final year exams. The Supreme Court today, on June 18, refused to pass orders in favour of the PIL filed by a group of 29 MD students.The petitioners who filed the PIL claimed that preparing for the exams and attending COVID duties simultaneously is unfair on their part. To address this issue, the National Medical Commission has advised the universities to fix dates for Final Year PG Exam 2021, considering the COVID situation.The petitioners have also sought directions to promote them as senior residents as soon as the scheduled tenure gets completed. However, the vacation bench had issued notice to the Union Government and National Medical Commission on these prayers. MD students are advised to keep a check on the schedule of the Final Year PG Exam 2021 and prepare accordingly.medical exam .

By : G Gnana Priya dharshini