Postpone NEET PG 2022; Petition Filed in Supreme Court
As part of the latest developments, 6 MBBS graduates have filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2022.
It has highlighted that there are a huge number of MBBS graduates will not be able to appear for the exam scheduled on 12th March 2022 as their NEET PG 2021 Counseling won’t be complete by then.
What the Plea Demands
The plea has mainly requested for the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to defer the test until the internship period for the NEET PG 2021 candidates is complete. This is because the candidates need to complete this mandatory internship period as demanded by the PG Regulations.
Another demand put forward by the plea was the extension of the deadline of completion of the internship from 31st May 2022.
The petitioners have also spoken on the behalf of around 1500 candidates whose internship was halted due to them being involved in Covid duties. The plea says that MBBS graduates were indulged in Covid duties as a result their internship-related commitments were on hold.
“They were victims of circumstances and were not informed at any time that serving in Covid duties would tantamount to a situation where they will not be eligible to appear for the NEET PG”
Basically, the candidates have been rendered ineligible to appear for the NEET PG 2022 for no fault of their own. To support their stand, the petitioners further highlighted the statement of PM Narendra Modi that he had made on May 3rd, asking for the postponement of the NEET PG 2021 Counseling by at least 4 months and also that the final year MBBS graduates shall be rendering services for handling mild Covid cases.
On January 7th, 2022, the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to the NEET PG 2021 Counseling to begin on an “urgent” basis, that had been on hold till then. Furthermore, it also implemented the 27% reservation quota for OBCs and 10% for the EWS.
A few days later, the NEET PG 2022 schedule was also released, which clashed the exam with the NEET PG 2021 Counseling schedule. This has led to demands for deferment of the exam to incorporate the change in the previous year’s schedules.
A number of different organizations also came forward to support this demand of the students, which include organizations like the NSUI, Indian Medical Association Junior Doctors Association (Maharashtra), Gujarat Intern Doctors’ Association, among others.
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