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Union Health ministry postpones NEET-PG exam by 6-8 weeks before SC hearing

NEET PG exam that was scheduled to be held on March 12 has been postponed by 6-8 weeks, the Union Health Ministry announced via a government circular.

In an order issued on Thursday, the director of health services wrote, “I am directed to say that lot of representations were being received from medical doctors regarding request to delay NEET-PG-2022 examination date i.e. 12.03.22 as published in information bulletin by NBE since it is clashing with the NEET PG 2021 counselling. Also, many of the interns would not be able to participate in the PG Counselling 2022 by the month of May/2022.”

“Keeping the above facts in view, the minister has taken the decision to postpone NEET PG 2022 by 6-8 weeks or suitably,” the order said.

The Supreme Court was scheduled to listen to a plea on the postponement of the examination on Friday. The plea was filed on January 25. Six MBBS students approached the apex court as many requirements like mandatory internship etc weren’t fulfilled by many aspirants. Many internships got halted due to their Covid duty, they said.

According to one among the NEET PG regulations, 30 beds of a hospital need to be assigned to at least one unit of students pursuing the PG course and now two students of two academic sessions will need to be accommodated within the same facility, the plea said.

There was a delay in conducting the exams in 2021 which was due to the pandemic situation. Many MBBS graduated are yet to finish their internship, without completing which they’ll not be eligible for the entrance exam this year.

The Supreme Court, on January 7, had paved the way for resuming the stalled NEET-PG 2021 counselling process based on the prevailing 27 per cent OBC and 10 per cent EWS reservations in the All India Quota seats, saying there’s an “urgent need” to start the admission process.

Source: PTI

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