Tribune News Service
New Delhi, June 7
A group of doctors moved the Supreme Court demanding postponement of the INI CET examination, 2021 – meant for admissions to higher medical studies—scheduled to be conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on June 16.
The petitioners submitted that the holding of the examination on June 16 went against the assurance regarding postponement of PG examinations given by the PMO while postponing the NEET PG examination, 2021 by four months.
The students were assured that they will be given at least one month to prepare for the examination and holding the examination during the pandemic would increase pressure on graduate doctors. They also cited how Class 12 examinations were cancelled.
“Conducting of this examination is resulting in endangering the life of thousands of doctors who are frontline workers in different hospitals which is a clear negation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” they contended.
Highlighting the fact that only 19-day prior notice was given, they submitted that examination centres were in different states or far from the candidates’ place of working requiring them to travel during restrictions due to Covid-19 lockdown.
They said many of the doctors were not fully vaccinated and had not even received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine.
“In the prevailing circumstances due to Covid-19, the conducting of this examination is resulting in building up pressure on the graduate doctors from across India to sit for the examination on 16th June, 2021, when under the present circumstances the Board examinations and other professional examinations have been either cancelled or postponed,” the petitioners submitted.