The Calcutta High Court yesterday (July 13) said no to a plea by ten medical students who wanted the second and third professional examinations for MBBS courses in the state deferred, because of the pandemic. The exams started today.
The appeal was for an interim stay, which the court declined to give. Justice Subrata Talukdar said that while the reason for seeking postponement was “legitimate”, a majority of the students were willing to write the examinations. Hence, he said, the court should not stay the conduct of the examinations.
Justice Talukdar gave the students liberty to apply before the comptroller of examinations by giving proper reasons and request him to give a chance to them to write the exams in the future.
The MBBS course runs for five and-a-half years. In that students have to write four terminal exams and do a one-year internship. The second professional exam is held after two and-a-half years and the third, which has two parts, is held after three and-a-half years and four and-a-half years in college.
Arguing for the students Senior Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya cited the example of the stay issued by the court on July 10, on the on the ayurveda examinations. He had asked for a similar order in this.
However, in opposition, West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Datta explained that out of 650 examinees, only 45 (including the 10 petitioners), were unwilling to sit for the examinations.
– India Legal Bureau