The Indian Medical Association has requested Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Madaviya to reschedule the NEET PG entrance examination scheduled for May 21, 2022.
In a letter to the Dr Madaviya, jointly signed by the IMA President Dr Sahajanand Pd. Singh and Secretary-General Dr Jayesh M Lele, the IMA said that NEET PG 2021 exam was held on September 1, 2021, five-month behind the scheduled date, resulting in a delay in counselling, which could start only in January 2022, and was further delayed by the supreme court judgement to cancel the mop-up round of the counselling on March 31, 2022.
“As a result of the delayed counselling schedule, NEET PG 2022 was deferred from April 2022 to May 2022, so that the candidates could appear for the final stray vacancy round of NEET PG 2021 and can still have plenty of time for preparation and reappearance for the next NEET PG 2022 exam if they failed to secure a seat this year,” the letter read.
Stating that AIQ Counselling anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2022, is still in process, the IMA letter noted that the counselling by the state governments will also be finishing the counselling around the middle of May 2022, which will leave a gap too short for an aspirant to prepare and appear for an extremely difficult exam like NEET-PG.
The IMA further said that another five to ten thousand interns will not be eligible to appear in the NEET PG 2022 exams as a delay in completion of their final examinations and consequently their internship beyond the eligibility criteria set for the examination.
“Inordinate delay and non-adherence to the time schedules by the National Medical Commission and the admitting authorities, where the students are not at fault but are required to pay the price for the follies not committed by them, which therefore needs to be redressed urgently and promptly,” the letter reads.
“As such, the above-mentioned scenarios necessitate a deferral of the NEET 2022 examinations as it concerns career paths of lakhs of medical graduates,” the IMA stated in the letter.
“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-PG2021 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 letter reads.