The Central government and National Board of Examination on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that post-graduate National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Super Specialty (PG NEET-SS 2021) will be conducted as per the old pattern and the new pattern will come into effect from the next year.
After facing criticism from the apex court on the last-minute change in exam pattern, the Centre said that the PG NEET-SS 2021 will be held as per the existing pattern.
Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the government, told a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that in deference to the Court's observations and interest of students, the Centre has decided that the revised scheme will be implemented from 2022.
The present exam will be held based on the 2020 scheme, she added.
"ASG Bhati for Union of India states that decision has been taken by Union of India in consultation with National Medical Commission and National Board of Examination that modified pattern will be in effect from the academic year 2022-23. Since the grievance stands addressed, petitions under Article 32 are disposed of," the Bench stated in its order.
On Tuesday, the Bench observed that "heavens will not fall" if the authorities decide to implement the new pattern of PG NEET-SS 2021 from next year and asked to consider forcing the changes from next year only.
The apex court has also remarked that it is getting the impression that medical education and medical regulation have become a business.
The court was hearing a plea of PG doctors who had approached the apex court alleging the last-minute change in exam pattern for NEET-SS 2021.