The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has scheduled to hold INI CET 2021 on June 16, 2021. A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the exam through advocate Pallavi Pratap. As per the reports, the petitions have come from a group of 26 students who will sit for the PG medical entrance exam. The decision from the SC is pending.
The reasons to cancel INI CET 2021 cited in the plea are as follows:
#1. The pandemic situation in the nation
The please assets that the positivity rate in India is now 20% and above, at some places, it is even 50% and above. It is reported that more than 80,000 candidates will appear for INI CET 2021. Most of the aspirants of the exam are right now serving the covid-19 patients across the hospitals in the nation. Taking the exam with no time for even revision will be an impossible task and many will have to travel to their exam centers in uncertain conditions like these.
As per the reports, the cases in India might be decreasing, but states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are still facing a surge. Also, the duty for the doctors in the covid-19 wards does not stop, even if the surge would.
#2. The conduct of INI CET 2021 on June 16 disregards the PM’S assurance
While postponing NEET-PG, the prime minister of India has assured 1-month notice will be given to prepare for the PG examination and this was also applicable to all those doctors who will be participating in covid-19 duty for 100 days. The scheduling of INI CET 2021 has been done with 19 days prior notice. The official notice was released on May 27, 2021.
“The main ground for filing this writ petition is for challenging the preponement of the INI CET Examination, 2021 which is scheduled to be conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on 16th June, 2021, in utter disregard to the assurance with respect to postponing PG Examinations, given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Office while postponing the NEET PG Examination, 2021 by four months. It was also stated in the said communication that the students will be given at least one month’s time in order to prepare for the said examination. It was also added in the said communication that such medical personnel completing 100 days of COVID duty will be given Prime Minister’s COVID National Service Samman and also a priority in government recruitment,” the petition reads.
#3. As per the plea, INI CET on June 16 is clear violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India
Article 21 of the Constitution of India states that no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedures established by law. The plea states that INI CET on June 16 will be a violation of this article.
Additionally, Shashi Tharoor on Monday wrote to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in support of doctors across the country who have been asking for the postponement of the Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test.
“These young medical professionals are naturally distressed at the sudden and arbitrary scheduling of these critical examinations,” Mr. Tharoor said in his letter.
He further added,
“They had also been promised a minimum of one month’s notice before any such exam is scheduled, a commitment that has been unreasonably and unfairly violated with the decision to schedule the exam in ten days’ time.”
INI CET 2021 admit cards will be issued on June 9, 2021.
Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI CET) 2021 is the national level PG medical entrance exam held for admission into MD, MS, DM (6 years), M.Ch (6 years) and MDS courses in AIIMS, JIPMER, PGIMER, NIMHANS.