NEW DELHI: Thousands of medical aspirants are demanding and hoping for the postponement of the National Eligibility Entrance Test for postgraduate (NEET) PG 2022 scheduled for May 21. The protesting students also believe that they might get an extension till June.
Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) met health ministry officials to put forth their demands.
Speaking to The New Indian, Dr Rohan Krishnan, president of FAIMA, said, “We have answered all of their (union health ministry) queries and explained why postponement is important. They have sought time but we are hopeful.”
Medical students are demanding for a delay in the NEET PG 2022 following the delay in NEET PG 2021 counselling process. Since the admission process of the 2021 batch has not yet closed, the medical students urged for a rescheduled date with a gap of eight to 10 weeks.
The delayed examination will help all the aspirants i.e the mid-rankers (those who might get a seat or might not), the new entry aspirants and those appearing fresh, the protesting doctors said.
“Among 1.5 lakh mid-rankers who took part in the counselling, only 38k seats were available. We want a quick decision because our future is involved here,” Dr Krishnan said.
There are 38,000 post-graduate seats available for approximately 78,000 MBBS graduates.
Meanwhile, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also written a letter to the Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya to delay the exam.
“As a result of the delayed counselling schedule, NEET PG 2022 was deferred … so that the candidates could appear for the stray vacancy round of NEET-PG 2021 and can still have plenty of time for preparation and re-appearance for the next NEET-PG 2022 exam if they fail to secure a seat this year… The difference between NEET PG 2022 exam date and completion of 2021 counselling is too short for the aspirant to prepare and appear for an extremely difficult exam like NEET-PG,” IMA said in their letter.