Supreme Court dismisses NEET PG 2023 postponement petition; exam on March 5

Supreme Court dismisses NEET PG 2023 postponement petition; exam on March 5

The previous hearing on the matter was held on Friday when a bench comprising Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Dipankar Datta refused to pass an order in the matter and instead deferred the hearing

FPJ Education DeskUpdated: Wednesday, March 01, 2023, 10:20 AM IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reportedly dismissed petitions seeking to postpone NEET PG 2023 exam scheduled on March 5. The top court has also refused to entertain the petitions that seek postponement.

The Supreme court of India continued the hearing of the plea demanding postponement of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test postgraduate (NEET-PG) today, on Monday, February 27, 2023.

Meanwhile, the National Board of Education-Medical Sciences (NBEMS) also released the NEET PG admit cards today at natboard.edu.in.

NEET PG 2023 postponement hearing

As per livelaw, Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking to postpone NEET PG 2023 exam scheduled on March 5. Court has also refused to entertain the petitions seeking postponement.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati revealed that almost two lakh three thousand students applied during the first window. After the internship deadline was extended, only 6,000 students applied, making it a minority demand.

The NBE intends to begin counselling by July 15, and students who have yet to complete their internships will be dealt with provisionally, she added.

NEET PG 2023 postponement plea: Background

The petition to postpone the examination, scheduled to be conducted on March 5, 2023, has been filed by 13 medical aspirants. The petitioners said that students are finding it difficult to time to prepare for the test due to their internship duties.

The previous hearing on the matter was held on Friday when a bench comprising Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Dipankar Datta refused to pass an order in the matter and instead deferred the hearing

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In the previous hearing, the Supreme Court asked the National Board of Examination (NBE) to come up with certain information and a solution for medical students' demand to postpone the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for post-graduation (PG) programmes by three months, as per reports.

The hearings revealed that out of 2 lakh students who have applied for NEET PG 2023, the postponement stands to affect as many as 45,000 students.

Gopal Sankaranarayanan, the counsel for the petitioners, pointed out that many candidates have not had enough exposure to knowledge gained through internship and this puts them at a disadvantageous position. These students are now undergoing over 12 hours of internship work daily and hence there is no adequate time for preparation.

He further argues that the NEET PG counselling could only take place after the internships conclude on August 11, and if the exam is held on March 5, there will be a five-month gap.

Countering the arguments, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, who appeared for NBE said that the technology partner roped in by the agency to conduct the exam may not be available at a different date in the near future. She added that all preparations have already been made to hold the exam on time.

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