The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the National Board of Examinations and the National Medical Commission over the last minute changes made to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Super Specialty (NEET-SS) Exams 2021.
According to reports from LiveLaw, a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna asked the authorities why they couldn't wait till next year to make the changes.
To this, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) responded saying that the changes were "well-considered" and were enforced after the necessary approvals were acquired.
The apex court in response to this said that the doctors shouldn't be made to face inconvenience as per the whims of 'bureaucrats.'
"Don't treat these 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," LiveLaw quoted Justice Chandrachud saying.
The matter will now be heard next week.
The plea filed by 41 qualified post-graduate doctors from across the country claimed that the scheme of the NEET SS exams in Part 4, had "undergone a complete change" without any sort of advance intimation, with only two months left for the exam whilst they have all along been preparing in terms of the extant pattern/scheme of the exam.
Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioners, last week argued that that the changes should have been brought in before the exam notification was issued, and the students had commenced preparations.
He said that in the proposed pattern all of the questions for the critical care super specialty will be from general medicines, which leaves students from other disciplines at a disadvantage.
NEET SS 2021 is slated to be conducted on November 13 and 14, 2021. The exam is conducted by the National Board of Education for admission to various DM/ MCh courses. It is the only entrance test for admission to these courses.