New Delhi, September 20
The Supreme Court right this moment agreed to listen to a plea difficult the alleged “last-minute” adjustments made to the examination sample for the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Super Specialisation (NEET-SS) 2021 which is scheduled in November.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna issued discover and sought responses from the Centre, National Board of Examinations (NBE) and National Medical Commission (NMC) on the plea filed by 41 post-graduate docs.
The apex court docket, which posted the matter for additional listening to on September 27, additionally permitted the petitioners to file temporary word of their written submissions.
The petitioners, who’re certified post-graduate docs from throughout the nation and are aspiring to change into tremendous specialists by cracking the NEET-SS 2021, have mentioned the dates for the examination was introduced on July 23 however the modified sample was made public on August 31.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, showing for the petitioners, mentioned the NEET-SS 2021 exams are scheduled on November 13-14 and it’s pretty settled precept together with in academic matter that when the calendar is introduced, there isn’t any query of then altering the scheme.
The plea, filed by advocate Javedur Rahman, has sought quashing of the scheme of NEET-SS 2021 contained within the August 31 info bulletin, as notified by the NBE and accepted by the NMC, alleging it to be “illegal” having been carried out with none authority of regulation.
“As per the existing/earlier pattern 40 marks use to be come from the base subject and 60 marks were in respect of the two optional courses opted by the aspirant. This was very important since the candidate themselves would choose the fields of their interest and not only obtain theoretical knowledge of it but will be engaged in acquiring practical knowledge of the same,” it mentioned.
The plea claimed that the data bulletin has “completely transformed” the doorway examination and the NBE has acknowledged that the examination can be of the “level of exit exam of post-graduation”.
“Thus, post-graduates from different broad specialities can appear for a single super-speciality exam,” it mentioned.
The plea mentioned the erstwhile sample had a paper with 60 per cent questions from essential care, that’s the super-specialty topic, and 40 per cent have been combined questions from all of the 5 broad specialties, together with General Medicine and Anaesthesiology, guaranteeing a “level-playing field”.
“The proposed new pattern is forcing all the candidates from above-mentioned broad specialties to write a single paper which will have 100 per cent questions from General Medicine. There will be no questions from broad specialties of other four post-graduate branches. The pattern is not just a waste of time and effort for all those who have prepared for critical care but also grossly biased against few broad specialties,” it claimed.
The plea has additionally sought route restoring the sample of examination for NEET-SS 2021 and within the different, directing that the adjustments within the scheme shall not be carried out on this 12 months examination on account of paucity of time however be carried out in 2022 and onwards.
“The petitioners were surprised to see the scheme of the NEET-SS exams in part 4, having undergone a complete change without any sort of advance intimation, with only two months left for the exam whilst the petitioners have all along been preparing in terms of the extant pattern/scheme of the exam, having absolutely no reason to think that any such drastic change will be made so close to the specified date and without the lawful authority i.e. the Central Government directing to do so,” it mentioned.
It mentioned the petitioners, who’ve had the “most challenging experiences” of their skilled lives on this time being on the forefront of the battle in opposition to COVID-19, have all by this era ready for NEET-SS 2021 examination legitimately anticipating that the sample is unchanged, identical to it was within the earlier three years.
“That apart, in view of such hasty and last-minute decision to change the exam pattern, the aspirants who have only recently completed the post graduation (PG) would have an edge over aspirants who have completed the PG some time back and are working in units dedicated to super speciality with the objective of acquiring fundamental and practical knowledge in the field,” the plea mentioned. PTI