As per the media reports, the medical aspirants of NEET PG 2023 and the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) protested for the postponement of exams. The protest was held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi a few days back.
The doctors and students are demanding that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam which is being conducted for Postgraduate admissions must be postponed by the examination committee.
As per the official schedule released by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2023 is scheduled to be organized on March 5, 2023. Moreover, the candidates are urging the concerned authorities to postpone the medical entrance exam to May or June 2023.
Exam #NEETPG2023 on 5th March then nothing for 5 months and counselling on 5th August ? How difficult is it for @MoHFW_INDIA to understand that these 5 months can be utilised for #NEETPG23 preparation?#POSTPONENEETMDS2023 #neetpg23postponment pic.twitter.com/Q55LbyraFC— Pradeep Rawat🇮🇳 (@ThePradeepRawat) February 8, 2023
NEET PG Internship Eligibility
At present, the eligibility deadline for interns is June 30 whereas the exam date is March 5, 2023. The FAIMA Chief, Rohan Krishan proclaimed that there is a huge gap between the counselling and the examination dates. Therefore, if the NEET PG can be postponed, aspirants will have the chance to utilise this time efficiently in their studies and get the speciality of their choice. Otherwise, the time period from March to June will be totally a waste of time for candidates.
Also, if the candidates appear for the NEET PG 2023 exam in March, then the medical counselling process will begin in June soon after the result is declared. During this time period, students will not be able to enrol for a job due to the short time left. Dr Manish Jangra, Founder and Chief Advisor of All India Medical Association further explained that if the NEET PG exam is conducted in March, then at least candidates will be able to study during these months.
@aidsa_india demand postpone Mds 2023/exam @DrRohanKrishna3 @FAIMA_INDIA_ @UDAIndia @MoHFW_INDIA @PMOIndia @IndianExpress @ndtv @PMOIndia @ANI @ZeeNewsEnglish @TV9Bharatvarsh @republic @chetanabelagere @BBCIndia pic.twitter.com/2RshDmFg99— All India Dental students Association-AIDSA (@aidsa_india) February 9, 2023
Protestors' Demand for Exam Postponement
Several protesters claimed that the medical aspirants are currently adjusting to the delays of the Covid pandemic in which the healthcare sector played a vital role. Additionally, they urged the government to postpone NEET PG 2023 exam immediately and also allow a maximum number of interns to take part in the examination system.
More than 80 people participated in the protest that included NEET PG aspirants as well as office-bearers of the medical association.
#PostponeNEETPG2023 ASAP— Momin Ali (@momin_amu) February 8, 2023
The Indian Medical Association (HQs) (@IMAIndiaOrg) expresses concerns regarding the NEET PG 2023 to Union Health Minister Dr #MansukhMandaviya.#POSTPONENEETMDS2023 #NEETPG2023 #NEETUG2023 #neetpg2023postponement #NEET #MedTwitter pic.twitter.com/E1a4HmMWqX
Mansukh Mandaviya’s Response
Reacting to the protest, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India, Mansukh L. Mandaviya stated in the Lok Sabha session that the NEET PG 2023 exam will not be postponed. However, the government has extended the internship cut-off date to August 11, 2023. The Minister stands clear on the fact that the exam will not be postponed.
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