NEET PG’22: Requests Made to Health Ministry to Postpone Exam
In recent times, there has been an increasing demand by student bodies as well as doctors’ associations to postpone the NEET PG Exam, which is scheduled to be held on 12th March 2022, with the registration and related processes beginning from January end and February itself.
The Online Stray vacancy round for the AIQ, PG DNB seats, and Central and Deemed University seats is shceduled to be between March 11-16, 2022 while the NEET PG 2022 has been scheduled for March 12, 2022. This means that the older candidates will give the NEET PG 2022 without knowing whether or not they have been placed in the admission cum counseling process of the last year.
This uncertainty and ambiguity has led to many starting hashtags like #postponeneetpg2022 on Twitter.
NSUI’s Letter to the Ministry of Health
The National President of the student body Neeraj Kundan wrote to the Ministry of Health, requesting the postponement of the NEET PG 2022 as it overlaps with the counseling schedule of NEET PG 2021.
He also highlights that with the 3rd wave of Covid-19 likely to hit on 12th March 2022, it’s the logical step to postpone the exam as there is this reason and the one mentioned before. It also explicitly states that at a time when the “covid warriors” of the country shall be specially looked after, the government is least concerned about them.
The letter further went on to highlight that if the NEET MDS could be postponed by 3 months due to its counseling process not finishing in December 2021, the same treatment can also be meted out to the NEET PG 2022, whose counseling also faced delays.
Gujarat Intern Doctors’ Association’s letter to the National Medical Council
In their letter to the NMC, the Gujarat Intern Doctors’ Association has highlighted the unfair treatment certain students/medical interns will receive despite it being no fault of theirs.
It states that around 8,032 medical interns across 10 states across the country are still undergoing the mandatory 1-year internship, which will complete after June 30th, 2022. Thus, they would not be eligible to appear for the NEET PG 2022.
IMA Junior Doctors’ Association (Maharashtra Chapter) to MMC
The Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Medical Association Junior Doctors Network wrote to the President of the MMC, who also happens to be an executive member of the NMC.
Their point basically focussed on those students who have scored average marks in the NEET PG Exam of 2021. This body states that not only are the students unsure about their placement through counseling, they can’t also appear for the NEET PG 2022 as the mop-up round for the previous exam will last till 12th March 2022.
For more details on their statement and on student reactions, click here.
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