To hold the All India AYUSH Post Graduate Entrance Test (“AIAPGET”)-2020 on August 29 a petition has been filled by 17 BAMS/BHMS doctors in the Supreme Court to quash the notification of holding All India AYUSH Post Graduate Entrance Test.
Under the aegis of the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) the Entrance Test is conducted yearly by the National Testing Agency. The plea argues that the respondent-authorities would be discriminating against the petitioners in insisting on the conduct of the exams during the pandemic, considering that many other professional bodies have held off their entrance examinations.
A notice of two months is served prior to the examination but this year it is notified before 17 days to the real date. Others issues were raised shortage of examination centres, the petitioners highlight how many of the examination’s centres are situated in red zones or areas with a high density of coronavirus infections.
It is stated by the petitioner that the notification does not take into account the plight of candidates from States ravaged by floods or the difficulties of those flying in from outside India to write the test.
Questioning why the decision to conduct the examination was taken without consulting stakeholders, the petitioners also note that many States have placed an embargo on holding any kind of professional examination.
In such a scenario, requiring AYUSH postgraduate entrance applicants to take an examination would “unimaginably harass” them, the petitioners aver.