The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked MBBS students seeking an extension of the internship deadline of one year beyond May 31, criteria for aspirants for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-PG-2022, to issue a statement to be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
A bench of judges DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath said that given the hardships faced by the aspirants, the MoHFW can decide on the representation within a week of the filing date. The bank said it would not comment on the matter at this stage.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared before the MBBS students, said the exam has been extended but there is an important criterion that needs to be examined.
He said the criteria are that students appearing for the exam must complete a mandatory one-year internship before May 31, 2022 to qualify for the NEET-PG-22 exam.
“On May 31, the deadline may be extended by a month or two,” he said. The bank said it would be like stepping into the policy decision because there is no uniform date for the start of the internship.
“Suppose even if we extend the May 31 deadline by a month or two, there could be a group of students who still miss the one-year deadline. It’s more of a policy decision, let the government consider your representation,” the bank said.
The highest court noted that the date of NEET-PG-22, which was previously scheduled to be held in March, has now been extended.