New Delhi, May 13: The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition seeking postponement of the NEET-PG examination, 2022. On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, saying that the request for postponement of NEET-PG 2022 cannot be entertained as it will affect the care of patients and the career of doctors. The court said that the need for treatment and care of the patients is paramount, in such a situation this petition is dismissed.
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, while delivering its verdict on the petition, observed that postponing the examination would only lead to chaos and uncertainty. Postponing the examination will reduce the number of resident doctors, which will affect the care of patients. Also, doing so would be wrong for more than two lakh students preparing for the exam. After the Supreme Court dismissed the petition seeking postponement of the NEET PG examination, now the NEET PG examination will be held on time. NEET PG exam is to be held on May 21, 2022.
It was demanded in the petition that the process of counseling on the basis of previous year’s examination has not been completed yet. In such a situation, the Supreme Court should order the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to postpone the conduct of the examination. The Indian Medical Association has written a letter to the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, saying that due to the very small gap between the counseling for the year 2021 and then the examination, more than 5000 medical interns have become ineligible. Medical interns who took up duties as COVID warriors are not able to appear in NEET PG 2022 due to delay in final exam and not completing their internship. In such a situation, the NEET exam should be postponed for the time being.