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2022 NEET-PG exam: SC dismisses plea to postpone exam, says delay would cause unavailability of doctors

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday, May 13, refused to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET-PG) 2022. The NEET-PG examination for 2022 is scheduled to be held on May 21.

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The apex court said that the delay would cause the unavailability of doctors and seriously affect patient care. “There are two categories of students — one which is seeking postponement and the larger category of over two lakh six thousand candidates — who would be affected by the postponement after having prepared for the examination”, the bench said.

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It noted that the government is trying to bring back the schedule of examination on time as it was affected due to the pandemic. “As the country gets back on the rails, which was derailed due to the pandemic, the time schedule laid down by this court must be adhered to”, it said.

Earlier, on Thursday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for postponement of NEET PG 2022. IMA in its letter to the health minister urged the ministry to postpone the exam scheduled to be held on May 21.

In the letter, IMA stated that the small gap between 2021 counselling and exam, ineligibility of 5,000 medical interns to appear in the exam, and delay in counselling.

“The difference between NEET PG 2022 exam date and completion of 2021 counseling is too short for an aspirant to prepare and appear for an extremely difficult exam like NEET PG,” IMA said in its letter to the health ministry.

“Another innocent 5,000-10,000 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,” IMA said.

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