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Postpone NEET PG 2022 Scheduled For May 21: IMA To Health Minister

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Mumbai: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya requesting him to postpone the NEET PG 2022, which is scheduled to be held on May 21

Highlighting the delay in All India Quota (AIQ) counselling for NEET PG 2021, the association said that there is little to prepare for such an “extremely” time between the date of NEET PG 2022 exam date and the completion of 2021 counselling is too short for an aspirant to prepare and appear for such an “extremely difficult exam”.

NEET-PG 2021 was conducted five months after the scheduled date due to COVID-19 and the counselling, which was scheduled to begin on October 25, 2021, began in January due to the pending decision on seat reservation.

This was further delayed due to the Supreme Court’s decision on March 31, 2022, which ordered the cancellation and conduct of a special round of counselling for the mop-up round.

“Another innocent five to ten thousand interns, who served as COVID warriors during COVID-19 pandemic, are ineligible to appear for NEET-PG due to delay in completion of their final examination and consequently their internship beyond eligibility criteria set for the examination,” the IMA wrote.

Citing the Supreme Court’s decisions on the scenario and the timetable for postgraduate courses, the IMA stressed the need to postpone the NEET 2022 examinations as it “relates to the career path of lakhs of medical graduates”.

“Since the NEET PG 2022 examination date is 21st May 2022, we request your timely intervention and urgent consideration of postponement of the NEET PG 2022 for a reasonable period of time, so that, the current NEET PG 2021 aspirants have adequate time to prepare and appear for the upcoming NEET-PG 2022 examination and the eligibility of all interns is also ensured,” the IMA said.

“We are sure that the issue shall be dealt with urgency by granting the prayer as made hereinabove in larger academic and societal interest as a whole,” it added.

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