While hearing a plea of 41 post graduate doctors who challenged the court regarding change in syllabus on last minute. Justice Chandrachud said, Don’t treat young doctors as footballs in the game of power. Hold the meeting and put your house on order. We can’t put these doctors at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats.
The supreme court on Monday warned the centre that it may pass strictures if not satisfied with the last minute change in NEET Examination 2021 syllabus. “Don’t treat young doctors as football in the game of power”, said the supreme court.
Justice Chandrachud asked Senior Advocate Maninder Singh who was representing the National Board of Examinations, “Why has the notice been issued? Students start preparing for super speciality courses months & months in advance. Why is the need to change the same last minute before the exam? Why can you not proceed with the changes from the following year?”
The supreme court further said that it “will not allow these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats”, and asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Medical Commission (NMC) and National Board of Examination (NBE) to “put their house in order”.
Bench of justices asked Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Solicitor General, appear for the centre and to fix a meeting with two bodies within a week. It said, “Better come with some strong reasons as if we are not satisfied, we will pass structures.”
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appeared on behalf of young doctors and said that this is urgent matter and they have filed a written submission. Appearing for NMC, Advocate Gaurav Sharma, said that they would like to file reply in the matter and sought adjournment of one week.
“Mr Sharma, what is the NMC doing? We are dealing with the lives of young doctors who will pursue super speciality courses. You have issued the notification for examination on July 23 and then changed the syllabus on August 31. What is this? They are to sit for examinations on November 13 and 14,” said the bench.
The dates of NEET 2021 were announced on July 23, 2021 and change of exam syllabus was made public on August 31 “when only 2 months remained before the NEET-SS, 2021 exams to be held on the 13th and 14th of November, 2021.”
In the plea, young doctors have said that they were preparing for exam according to the old exam pattern which is for last three years.