Bombay High Court refuses to suspend MUHS health science exams

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Saturday refused to grant interim relief to about 44,000 medical students across the country who must physically sit for exams organized by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences ( MUHS) on June 10.

A single bench of justice, Avinash Gharote, said: “Each candidate should get tested for COVID-19 and produce a negative report with their hall ticket. For safety reasons, it would be desirable for each candidate to have performed an RT-PCR test on himself and only if he finds that such a test is negative, he can take the exams.

“The MUHS is therefore responsible for issuing a notice to directors of various colleges and also publishing on its website indicating that it would be desirable for each candidate to be tested for COVID-19 and produce a negative report with his ticket. entry June 10. In the event that a candidate does not have such a certificate, he should be allowed to take the exam but should also be asked to undergo an RT-PCR test on himself and to produce a report by this the next due date. the examination. Needless to say, if the report is found positive, the candidate would not be able to take the exam, ”the court said.

Advocacy for the online review

The judiciary heard a public interest litigation (PIL) request filed by the NGO Herd Foundation and Nitesh Tantarpale, a student, through lawyer Rahul Bhangde, challenging the MUHS decision as well as the order. to sign a pledge that the state would not be held responsible. whether the students contracted COVID-19 due to their appearance on the exam. The advocacy demanded that an online exam be held for “winter 2020” in which graduate and post-graduate students would show up for certificate courses. He mentioned that several students and family members tested positive for COVID-19 after NEET last September.

At the last hearing, attorney Abhijit Deshpande, for MUHS, defended his position, saying: “We had a physical exam last year. Two phases of “Winter 2020” have already been completed and the third review will start on June 10, so all questionnaires have been sent. “

The court said there was fear the virus could spread because of the congregation. Mr. Deshpande said: “We are taking every precaution. We have started a “suraksha kavach” program for students. “

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