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The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the postponement AIIMS INI-CET exams 2021 by at least one month. The court ordered deferment of INI-CET 2021 exam for admission to postgraduate medical courses in all AIIMS, JIPMER, PGIMER and NIMHANS by at least one month in view of Covid situation.

The court said that it was of the opinion that June 16 date is arbitrary. "We direct the exam to be postponed by one month, Needless to say exam can be held anytime after the expiry of one month," justice Indira Banerjee said.

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The Supreme Court direction came during hearing of a number of petitions by doctor associations seeking postponement of the INI CET Examination, 2021 which was scheduled to be conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on June 16, 2021.

Last week, twenty-six doctors from various states had moved the top court seeking a direction for the postponement of exams. The doctors said that decision to hold the exams was in utter disregard to the assurance given by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

They also cited NEET-PG examination, which has been deferred to August 31.

The doctors said that the examination at this stage (Covid situation) will be indirect contravention to their fundamental right under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

In their plea in the apex court, the doctor said that Article 14 of the Constitution of India was set to be violated because there was violation to the differentiation in terms of postponing one PG examination, and not the others.

The doctors argued that the examination was not in public interest in view of the present pandemic condition and non-availability of doctors, beds in the hospitals. "This step-motherly attitude towards the doctors is completely uncalled for," the doctors said.

They also cited cancellation of Class 10 and 12 board examination to back their demand and said: "Standard 10 and 12 examinations have been cancelled which itself show that the government is conscious of the fact that the deadly virus is a threat amongst the younger population."

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