New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Delhi High Court has denied postponing the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Post Graduate (PG) entrance exam, scheduled for today (June 11). The plea, filed by doctors including one Jyoti Jaiswal, had challenged AIIMS' notice dated June 1 fixing the date for the entrance examination for MD, MS, DM, MCh and MDS, etc.

The court, while dismissing the petition observed that a large amount of resources have been mobilised to hold the exam for 40,000 students and all the safety measures like social distancing and sanitisation are being taken care of by the authorities in view of the COVID 19 pandemic.

"Clearly, there are no cogent reasons to postpone the PG entrance examination as is sought to be urged now at the very last minute. AIIMS will be bound by all advisories/guidelines regarding precautions to be taken for these gatherings as prescribed and as per usual medical norms. There is no merit in the present petition. The same is dismissed," a bench of Justice Jayant Nath said in an order passed on Tuesday and made available on Wednesday.

The plea filed by the MBBS doctors said that the number of coronavirus cases have been increasing rapidly and conducting exams at this time would be incorrect. The plea also mentioned some other exams postponed by AIIMS to July. It claimed that there is no need to hold the examination at this point to augment the numbers of doctors available with AIIMS as it can easily appoint non-academic junior residents doctors on contractual basis. 

"The examination in question was notified on January 16, 2020. On June 1, 2020, a notice was issued rescheduling the entrance examinations from June 5, 2020 to June 11, 2020. The notification clearly states that all advisories/guidelines of Government of India regarding social-distancing and sanitisation will be followed at the exam centres," the order said.

"Now the petitioners have just two days before the exam sought to approach this court, claiming that the same should be postponed in view of the current COVID-19 outbreak. As rightly pointed out by the learned counsel for respondents number 3 and 4, a large amount of resources have been mobilised to hold the exam on June 11, 2020 for 40,000 students. Clearly, after all, arrangements have been made and after everything is in order, the petitioners approached this court at the last minute," it added.

Posted By: Talib Khan