The Association of MD Physicians has urged the Delhi High Court to postpone the Examination of Foreign Medicine Graduates (FMGE) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. The screening test was due to take place on June 18.
The association stressed that FMGE screening test centers are notified in a limited number of cities and that a large number of applicants will be forced to travel without having received even a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. .
The plea, however, was challenged by counsel for the National Board of Examination (NBE) and the National Medical Commission (NMC) as they noted that the qualifying exam can be taken again in December, if not June, and that it should not be postponed to the order of a few candidates.
Judge Amit Bansal, who is hearing the case, asked the lawyer to put down some documents and set the case up for a new hearing on Friday.
Appropriate steps are taken to conduct the review: NBE and NMC
The association, represented by lawyers Adit S Pujari and Chaitanya Sundriyal, sought to reserve the schedule for the June 2021 FMGE to be held in the April 15 notice and the April 16 newsletter titled “Foreign Medical Graduate Exam Screening Test newsletter June 2021 session ‘published by the NBE.
The plea read: “According to the Indian Medical Council Act and the Screening Testing Regulations of 2002, persons with medical qualifications issued by a foreign institution are required to qualify for the FMGE screening test in order to receive recognition of their medical qualifications and being registered with state medical boards to practice medicine in India.
“The petitioner addresses this tribunal at a time when the entire world is going through the COVID-19 pandemic, with India being one of the worst affected countries in the world.”
“At such times, when the central government takes the strictest measures to control the pandemic and all state governments impose closures and curfews, restrictions on movement and transportation, members of the association petitioners and other eligible foreign medical graduates are forced to appear for the FMGE screening test on June 18, while exposing themselves and those around them to the risk of contracting COVID-19, ” indicates the plea.
Meanwhile, NMC and NBE counsel T Singhdev and Kirtiman Singh said the plea was not filed by a duly authorized representative and the plea was flawed.
“We need more doctors as the third wave of the virus arrives. It is a review for the whole nation and not just for these few petitioners. If they don’t want to take the exam now, they can take it in December, but they can’t delay testing for everyone in the country, ”Singhdev said.
Legal advisers for NMC and NBE also said that appropriate steps are being taken to conduct the review.
The plea read: “On the one hand, the authorities postponed the National Post Graduate Admission Test -2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, on the other hand, they decided to carry out the test. of FMGE screening at times when the country is overcoming the second wave and preparing for the third wave of the pandemic. “
Contesting the April notice and the newsletter, the petitioners argued that the authorities’ decision was arbitrary and unreasonable and requested the postponement of the FMGE to a later date.
(With contributions from agencies)
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