Ministry of Health postponed NEET-PG exam by 6-8 weeks ahead of SC hearing

The NEET-PG (National Eligibility Cumulative Entrance Test-Post Graduation) 2022 examination has been postponed by at least six to eight weeks by the Union health ministry. The director of health services wrote in an order issued on Thursday, “I am directed to state that a large number of requests have been received from medical doctors to postpone the NEET-PG-2022 examination date, which was published in the NBE Information Bulletin on March 12, because it conflicts with the NEET PG 2021 counselling. In addition, many interns will be unable to participate in the PG Counselling 2022 by 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.

On Friday, the Supreme Court was set to hear a request for the examination to be postponed. On January 25, the plea was entered. Six MBBS students petitioned the Supreme Court because many requirements, such as mandatory internship, were not met by many applicants. According to them, many internships were halted due to their Covid obligations.

According to one of the NEET PG regulations, a hospital’s 30 beds must be assigned to one unit of PG students, and now two students from two academic sessions will have to be accommodated in the same facility, according to the plea.

Due to the pandemic situation, the exams were postponed until 2021. Many MBBS graduates have yet to complete their internship, and if they do not, they will be ineligible to take the entrance exam this year.

On January 7, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the stalled NEET-PG 2021 counselling process to resume, citing a “urgent need” to resume the admission process based on the existing 27% OBC and 10% EWS reservations in the All India Quota seats.

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