'What Kind Of Doctors Will We Produce?' : CJI DY Chandrachud Disapproves Of MBBS Students' Plea To Appear In Exams After 4 Failed Attempts

Update: 2023-02-08 11:07 GMT

In a plea filed by candidates seeking to appear in the first professional university exams for MBBS after four failed attempts, CJI DY Chandrachud expressed his disappointment with the petitioners. The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice JB Pardiwala.

Upon the plea being mentioned, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, while referring to the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education (Amendment) 2019 said–

"The regulation prohibits you. We will hear the matter on merits. We will list it."

However, when the counsel pushed for a date, the CJI remarked–

"We are only cutting corners for education. These are doctors – four times you failed and then you want to appear again. Do your work instead of doing all of this, coming to courts for all this. Nowehere in the world would this be permitted. What kind of doctors are we going to produce?"

The counsel for petitioners highlighted that the attempts were made by the candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic and more than 1000 students would not become doctors if the plea was not heard.

CJI DY Chandrachud said–

"Other people also appeared in COVID and passed. I will consider and give a date."

In 2019, the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education (Amendment) 2019 were passed to amend the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. The amended regulations reads as follows–

"No more than four attempts shall be allowed for a candidate to pass the first Professional examination. The total period for successful completion of first Professional course shall not exceed four (4) years. Partial attendance of examination in any subject shall be counted as an attempt."

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