BHMS and BAMS doctors have filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking for a change in the notification released for all India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test also known as AIAPGET 2020. The examinations are scheduled to be conducted on August 29, 2020.
The petition filed stated that many of the doctors including the petitioners will be deprived of appearing for the entrance test to be conducted on August 29, 2020, due to already being infected by COVID-19 or being quarantined which will further violate their right to equality as per Article 14 of the constitution.
Details in the Petition filed
The petition filed also cites an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as the reason for the petitioners to cancel the entrance test. Other reasons pointed out in the petition stated that the notification was released less than two months before the exams and the time given would not be enough for the candidates to prepare for the entrance examinations. The petition also cites that there are few numbers of exam centres and the notification does not consider the problems faced by the students in the states which have been affected due to the floods.
Front line doctors deprived of time to prepare
The petitioners have argued that all the frontline doctors will be deprived of the opportunity to appear for the exams given the present situation since they have been involved in providing medical aid during the pandemic which has left them with less or no time to prepare for the examinations.
Most of the doctors are under quarantine and have been infected with the virus according to the petition and thus it will be in the best interest of the students in case the exams are postponed.