Thousands of junior doctors seeking postponement of NEET-PG 2022, want exams in July – The New Indian Express

Express Message Service

NEW DELHI: Thousands of young doctors have called on the government to postpone the 2022 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-PG) by two months as the consultation process for the 2021 exams is ongoing.

In an online poll conducted by the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA), over 85 percent voted in favor of postponing the exams scheduled for May 21. One and a half lakh MBBS students sit the NEET PG 2022 exam.

according to dr Chinmayee Gowda, the Women’s Division responsible for the FAIMA Medical Association, there must be sufficient time between the advice of a session and the subsequent examination.

“But this year the NEET PG consultation for all Indian NEETs of 2021 will be completed by May 3rd and then the state consultation will begin which will likely be completed by the end of May. We will all be busy with the consultation process. So how can we prepare for the NEET PG 2022 exams scheduled for May 21? We will not have enough time to prepare for the exams. This is very unfair,” the Bengaluru-based NEET PG candidate told this newspaper.

She added that the new session would start in August. So if the NEET PG 2022 exam is administered in July, it will not affect the procedure of the 2022 academic session.

India has about 38,000 postgraduate places for about 78,000 MBBS graduates. There are 50 percent All India quota seats and the remaining 50 percent are the government quota seats, providing 19,000 MD/MS seats.

In addition, they have to be physically present for state advice, i.e. selection and reporting to the selected medical schools. and for that they have to travel to different states.

“We are in a dilemma of whether to prepare for the exam or attend counseling,” said Dr. Benhur Basheer, a NEET PG contender from Kerala.

“It is unfortunate that even after NEET PG 2022 was postponed from March to May, the aim was that the 2021 consultation would be completed in April. But the consultation process is not yet complete,” said FAIMA President Dr. Rohan Krishnan this newspaper.

The association plans to meet with Ministry of Health officials to find a solution that will “keep candidates happy and also ensure a workforce if any threatening Covid wave hits at all”.

Not only is the call for a postponement trending on social media, but the students have made several statements not only to the Union Minister of Health, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, but also to the Office of the Prime Minister and President Ram Nath Kovind. They have also threatened to abandon their degrees if the NEET PG exam is not rescheduled.

Several MPs including Shashi Tharoor, S. Venkatesan, Tejasvi Surya, Hibi Eden, Karti Chidambaram and Dr. DNV Senthilkumar S, have also written to the union’s health minister raising the issue.

The NEET PG exams usually take place in December/January. It was pushed back to March and then May, largely because most of the medical students were on duty with Covid.

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