NEET 2021 PIL challenging exam postponement dismissed

BY- JYOTI RANA

New Delhi : The High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the decision to postpone the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) beyond August 31. A division bench of Justice BV Nagarathna has noted that the decision of the central government to hold the test to be held after August 31 cannot be erroneous as it is based on the opinion of experts and the discretion exercised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Will be taken on the basis of

 “This is not a case where NEET has been canceled this year. It is only a matter of adjournment from April 2021 due to the second wave of COVID-19 and the services of doctors need to be enlisted for duties to manage medical facilities and take care of patients suffering from the disease,” the bench said.

 Consulting Neuropsychiatrist, Advocate and Social Activist Dr. Vinod G Kulkarni filed the PIL on May 8 through Late GB Kulkarni Memorial Legal Trust, of which he is the Chairman. NEET-2021 was to be conducted on April 18. According to him, due to the postponement, doctors wishing to pursue postgraduate studies were subjected to stress, anxiety and depression as their plans were untenable. He claimed that when all other exams were being conducted during the pandemic, there was no reason to postpone NEET.

 The Centre, on the other hand, defended the move saying that due to the severe nature of the pandemic, which affected the country from March to the end of May this year, a policy decision was taken in mid-April at the highest level. Postpone NEET.

 The court was told that NEET aspirants, who are doing their internship, as well as MBBS and final year students of nursing, were recruited to assist doctors in COVID hospitals.