The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that it was in the process of taking a decision on feasibility to hold final year exams for the post-graduate MD and MS courses. The exams were postponed twice due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. The Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in the state even as the government is tarrying all possible measures to combat it.
The Court was hearing a petition filed by Dr Nishant Gabbur, who sought direction to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) to declare the dates and conduct final year exams for post-graduate MD/MS course.
Assistant government pleader Jyoti Chavan sought time to respond to the petition and said the government was presently holding meetings on the issue, a PTI report said.
Chavan said the process involved is preparation of schedule and taking every safety measure as it concerns resident doctors and examiners who are already in COVID-19 duty, the report further said.
A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and V G Bisht posted the petition for further hearing on July 14.
Gabbur, who is studying MS (general surgery) at the Seth G S Medical College at Parel in central Mumbai, had stood second in the All India ranking in the general category for neurosurgery in the entrance test for DM/M Ch courses conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, report said.
As per his petition, on June 30 PGIMER issued Gabbur a provisional admission letter and granted him time till July 6 to join.An eligibility criterion mandated that a candidate must have passed MD/MS or its equivalent recognised by the Medical Council of India.
However, since the MUHS has failed to conduct its final exams till date, there is a possibility that PGIMER may not admit the petitioner for the DM/M Ch fellowship in the absence of MD/MS certificate of passing, the petition said seeking urgent hearing.