Doctors move SC seeking postponement of AYUSH postgraduate entrance test due to Covid

The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by several doctors seeking postponement of the All India AYUSH Post Graduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET)-2020, scheduled on August 29, amid the spike in number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The petition has been filed by 17 Ayurvedic and Homeopathic doctors holding qualifications of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) respectively.

The petitioners, who have said that they are working as “frontline doctors/corona warriors” in different hospitals across the country, have sought quashing of August 11 notice issued by National Testing Agency (NTA) for conducting the AIAPGET- 2020 on August 29.

“If they (petitioners) would leave to the place of their exam centre and then quarantined for 14-days as per the local rules, then there will be grave scarcity of the respective doctors at their COVID-19 posting hospitals, due to which the COVID-19 patients will suffer irreparable injuries,” said the plea, filed through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.

The plea further said that the August 11 notice is “violative of unlock-3 guidelines” issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which has categorically directed that schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31.

“The COVID-19 crisis is worsening in India by each passing day and the number of daily added COVID-19 tally is increasing alarmingly,” the plea said, alleging that the NTA is “adamant” to conduct AIAPGET-2020 on August 29 which “shows its indifferent and insensitive approach” towards these aspirants.

Referring to the rise in number of coronavirus cases, the plea said that authorities should conduct the examination after normalcy is restored in the country.

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