Will NEET PG 2022 Be Postponed? SC Likely To Hear Plea on Medical Entrance Test Tomorrow

Postpone NEET PG 2022: The plea filed by six MBBS graduates seeks a direction to the National Board of Examination to defer the scheduled test until various requirements are met by the aspirants.

Published: February 3, 2022 5:54 PM IST

By India.com Education Desk | Edited by Manmath Nayak

The plea in the apex court also raised a challenge to the violation of NEET PG Regulations 2000.

NEET PG 2022 Latest Update: Amid rising demand from students to postpone NEET PG 2022, it was reported on Thursday that the Supreme Court is likely to hear a plea on the matter on Friday. The hearing was earlier listed for February 7. According to the apex court website, the plea seeking deferment of NEET PG 2022 has been listed for hearing on Friday, February 4. It must be noted that the plea was earlier filed on January 25 regarding postpone of NEET PG 2022.

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The candidates must note that the NEET PG 2022 is scheduled to be held on March 12 and the please was by a group of six MBBS graduates, through Dubey Law Chambers, seeking direction to the National Board of Examination to defer the scheduled test until various requirements, such as completion of mandatory internship period, set forth in the PG Regulations, are met by aspirants.

As per the NEET PG regulations, 30 beds of a hospital have to be assigned to one unit of students pursuing the PG course and now two students of two academic sessions will have to be accommodated in the same facility.

The plea raised a challenge to the violation of NEET PG Regulations, 2000, while admitting candidates for academic sessions in one session as there is an “explicit cap on the number of PG admissions to be done per year per unit”, a lawyer of the firm said.

Hundreds of MBBS graduates, whose internship got halted due to their duty in tackling COVID-19 pandemic, would be rendered ineligible from appearing in the NEET-PG test due to lack of mandatory internship duty, the plea said in the top court.

The pleas also referred to a statement made by PM Modi on May 3, last year, to postpone NEET-PG 2021 by at least four months and the fact that the services of final year MBBS doctors will be utilised to handle mild Covid cases.

“The petitioners (with 1500 candidates) have mentioned that they were in Covid duties in the year 2021 and therefore their internship was postponed. They have submitted that they are victims of circumstances and that they 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,” the lawyer said.

Moreover, the petition also sought an extension of the deadline for completion of the internship from May 31.

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The development comes as the Supreme Court had on January 7 given a green signal for starting the halted NEET-PG 2021 counselling process based on the existing 27 percent OBC and 10 percent EWS reservations in the All India Quota seats, saying there is an “urgent need” to begin the admission process.

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Published Date: February 3, 2022 5:54 PM IST