The 2021 NEET-PG Superspeciality exam will be held in accordance with the older pattern and the newer one will only be implemented from the 2022/23 academic session, the government told the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.
This comes two days after it was criticised for being in a hurry to change exam patterns and for treating young and aspiring doctors as “footballs in the game of power”.
“In deference of your observations, and in the interest of students, the centre has decided the revised scheme will be implemented from 2022. The present exam will be held based on the 2020 scheme,” Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati told the court.
The Supreme Court bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud expressed satisfaction with the government’s U-turn and declared that it had been “very fair”.
Last week the court rapped the government over changes in the pattern of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post-Graduate Super Specialty (NEET-SS) exam.
” Don’t treat these young doctors as footballs in the game of power… We can’t put these doctors at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats… Put your house in order… Just because somebody has the power, you can’t yield the power in any manner,” the court said.