The demand to postpone the medical entrance- National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET PG) exam 2022 is on the rise, with several doctors’ associations and students’ bodies demanding to defer the medical entrance test.
National Students’ Union Of India (NSUI) in a letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Medical Sciences mentioned that the pandemic already had the worst effect on the academic career of the aspirants and in these tough times ‘the covid warriors’ should be specially looked after, but the government is least concerned about them.
The NSUI letter quoting President Neeraj Kundan read “The notice of NEET PG 2022 is out and is scheduled amidst third wave on March 12, moreover, the ongoing counselling of NEET PG 2021 overlaps with the exam which makes is uncertain for the waiting list students, whether to wait or to prepare again with added burden and tension”.
The letter also referred to the National Board of Examinations, National Medical Commission, AIIMS Director. Moreover, over 8,300 interns from 10 states whose internship commencement got delayed due to the pandemic will not be eligible to appear in the exam. “Only those students are eligible who completed their internship by May 31,” the letter read. The NSUI President also argued that if NEET MDS exam was earlier postponed by three months since their counselling procedures were not over, then why couldn’t the NEET PG exam be postponed.
The Gujarat Intern Doctors’ Association in a letter to the National Medical Council said that students who have not completed their 12 months of internship will miss the opportunity to appear for the exams.
The Maharashtra based Junior Doctors Network of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in a letter to the Maharashtra Medical Council and National Medical Commission raised their grievances, mentioning that a total of 8,032 students will complete their internship after June 31, 2022, and the conduct of NEET PG exam on scheduled March 12 will lead to their loss in their academic careers without their mistake.
Lots of doctors’ association and aspirants raised their demand through the social media sites- Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to defer the NEET PG exam dates. The hashtag #posponeneetpg2022 is one of the top trends on Twitter.