In response to a petition seeking an extension of the deadline for registering to take the NEET PG 2021 examination, the Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the National Board of Examinations to consider whether the deadline for candidates to complete internships should also be extended.
A single judge bench comprising of Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Centre to coordinate with the relevant agencies and take a decision on the said aspect before next date of hearing i.e. 12 August.
Moved by Siddharth Mittal, a student who successfully cleared all the semester examinations pursuant to admission in MBBS course in 2015, the plea states that the examination which was scheduled to be held on 18th April 2021 was later scheduled for 11 September 2021 vide a notification issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
However, the plea submits that the cut-off date for completion of internship was still 30th June 2021 owing to which the students who, due to postpone ment of NEET PG exam, will now be able to complete the internship before declaration of NEET-PG results and therefore, would become eligible for the NEET PG 2021.
The petitioner student therefore submits that he was earlier unable to fill the application form due to non completion of internship before declaration of result or starting of admission process, however would now be eligible to appear in the examination.
According to the plea, various representations were made by the Petitioner to the respondent authorities stating that him and other similarly situated students who became eligible later must be allowed to submit online application form on the portal and that the same may be reopened.