Days after the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Postgraduate) or NEET PG exams were announced by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), thousands of medical aspirants are demanding postponement as they are clashing with the NEET PG 2021 counselling – for which registration is still underway. While NEET PG 2022 is scheduled for March 12, 2022, the counselling for 2021 exam will continue till March 16. According to students, they should get an adequate gap of two to four months between the counselling of 2021 and the exams of NEET PG 2022.
“2021 exam counselling will be happening till March 16. How is it fair to Conduct the exam on 12? Neet MDS exam was postponed last year to 4 months due to ongoing counselling in Oct 2021. We are asking the same justice to be carried on. We’re not asking for extra time. All we are asking is to give our right time which is reasonable 2-4 months away from March,” an MBBS student told Health Wire.
The exam has to be conducted with 12 months gap but they got delayed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. While students maintain that the situation was unavoidable, they also demand that there should be at least four months gap between two exams – which is one of the hardest to crack.
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Indian Medical Association (IMA) Junior Doctors Network Writes Letter
The doctors of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Junior Doctors Network have also written a letter to the Maharashtra Medical Council and National Medical Commission regarding this.
“A total of 8032 students from states like Kerala, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Odisha are completing their internship on or after June 31, 2022. They worked endlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay in their exams was also because of Covid. According to the recently released guidelines for eligibility criteria from National Board Education, these students are not eligible for NEET PG 2022. This will lead to one-year loss in their academic careers with no mistake of their own,” they said in a release.
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Supreme Court Hearing On EWS
They also pointed out that the hearing on EWS criteria is scheduled in the Supreme Court in March 2022 and conducting an exam without that being completed would lead to chaos.
The team of IMA JDN has requested the postponement of the exam to the last week of May or the first week of June. “This will not only save one year for the students but also ensure smooth functioning of the hospitals,” they said.
Who Will Guide Juniors?
Also, a batch of PG usually joins after a year of the first batch. It’s those seniors (of the first batch) who guide the juniors. But In this case, they’ll be joining 2 months away from each other. According to doctors, that serves no purpose and is a disadvantage to both batches.