Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, NBEMS for barring OCI doctor from writing NEET-SS 2021

The Delhi HC has issued notice to the Centre and the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences over a petition filed by OCI cardholder doctor, who was declared ineligible by the Central government to take up the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-SS 2021 examination.

The Division Bench, led by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and also comprising Justice Jyoti Singh, on Thursday issued notice on a petition filed by Dr Snigdha Kamini, wishing to pursue Super Specialty studies in the country.

In August this year, the NBE published the Information Bulletin in respect of NEET-SS 2021, wherein Clause 3.6, in accordance with the Government’s notification, stipulated that foreign nationals are not eligible as there is no reservation of seats in Super Specialty courses.

“Even though the petitioner had an opportunity to pursue her post-graduation elsewhere, she chose to stay here as she has strong roots in India and intended to make a career in the healthcare sector, claimed the petition.

The petition prayed for restraining the Government and the NBE from giving effect to Clause (4) (ii) of the notification dated March 4, as also to Clause 3.6 of the Information Bulletin for NEET-SS 2021 examination.

“India is in dire need of healthcare professionals, as evident during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and by the extremely poor Doctor-Patient ratio. The notification would only demotivate healthcare professionals from staying back in India,” it added.

The matter will next be heard on September 23.

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