After rapid increase of the COVID-19 pandemic, post-graduate dental students have approached the High Court against examinations to be conducted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) in the month of August and September. MUHS had rescheduled the examination dates following pandemic situation, but a group of students had demanded its cancellation since many dental and medical students were engaged in COVID-19 related duties in several hospitals across the state.
MDS (Final) examination is starting from August 25 and BDS examination from September 3. A division bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai made it clear that they would like to hear the students, who may be willing to appearin these examinations, before passing any order. Since, such willing students, if any, are not parties to this petition, the High Court has put all such students on notice. The High Court has directed to print public notice in two dailies on July 20 informing the public atlarge about the petition and demand to cancel BDS and MDS examinations. Any party wishing to oppose such prayers may join as a respondent and participate in the proceedings, the High Court made it clear while refusing to pass any interim order. The next hearing is slated on July 31.