Bombay HC rejects plea to stay MBBS exams | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Saturday rejected a plea to stay final year MBBS exams scheduled on September 8 and to be conducted physically. A bench of Justices Amjad Sayed and S P Tavade said nine students had approached court at the “eleventh hour’’.
Namrata Karade and eight other under-graduate medical students of various streams filed the petition to seek withdrawal of an August 21 circular issued by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and stay final year medical exams in the state.
“The petition discloses there are about 10,000 students who are to appear in the physical exam mode,’’ HC said. The students’ lawyer, Kunal Kumbhat, sought that the exams be postponed due to Covid-19 and “unpreparedness’’ of authorities in holding exams at present.
The students wanted the state to extend the date. The state, through government pleader P P Kakade and additional GP M M Pabale, left it to MUHS’s discretion as it was the best judge of the situation.
The exams are to be held from September 8. With “only one working day’’ till then, the bench said it was not inclined to stay the exams.
HC also noted that Supreme Court, while dismissing petitions seeking postponement of NEET UG-2020 and JEE (Main) in its August 17 order, had found there was “absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of exams”. SC had noted, “Though there is a pandemic, ultimately life has to go on, and careers of students cannot be put in peril for long and full academic year cannot be wasted.”
HC posted the students’ petition for further hearing on September 17. No advocate appeared for MUHS.

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