NEET PG 2022: Students File Plea in SC, Demand Postponement of Exam

New Delhi, 27 January 2022: A group of MBBS graduates have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Post Graduate 2022 (NEET PG 2022) exam, which is scheduled to be held on 12 March. As per the petition, many MBBS graduates would not be able to appear for the examination due to non-completion of the mandatory internship period.

Note: MBBS graduates have demanded the issuance of an order from the National Board of Examination (NBE) regarding the postponement of the NEET PG 2022 examination.

NEET PG 2022: Violation of NEET-PG Regulations

The lawyer firm for the MBBS aspirants stated that the petition tends to challenge the violation of NEET PG regulations, 2000 while admitting candidates for academic years in one session, as there is a limit on the number of postgraduate (PG) admissions to be done per year per unit.

NEET PG 2022: Petition Details

  • The petition states that six MBBS graduates whose internships were paused due to their duty in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic will not be allowed to appear in the NEET-PG exam due to lack of mandatory internship duty.
  • The petition challenges the condition provided in the information bulletin that states May 31, 2022 as the deadline for the completion of internship.
  • The petition further referred to a statement made on 3 May 2021 by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that NEET-PG 2021 be deferred by at least four months and that the services of MBBS doctors in their final years will be used to handle mild COVID-19 cases.

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  • The lawyer appearing for NEET PG aspirants stated that the petitioners have mentioned that they were in COVID-19 duties in the year 2021. Due to this, their internship was postponed.ย 
  • Such candidates have raised their voice regarding their situation mentioning that they are victims of circumstances and that they were not informed at any time that serving in COVID-19 duties would give rise to a situation, which would make them ineligible to appear for the NEET-PG exam.ย 

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