Junior doctors across the country woke to the headline of the breaking story – Plea filed in Supreme Court for deferment of NEET PG 2022. Understandably, the news created a flutter of queries all around.
What plea has been filed in Supreme Court? By whom?
A group of 6 MBBS graduates have filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the apex court’s intervention to defer NEET PG 2022 exam. They have filed this plea through Dubey Law Chambers.
As per their plea, they seek that the National Board of Examinations (NBE) defers the NEET PG exam in view of the following two key reasons:
1. Many candidates have not finished their internship and are thus ineligible for NEET PG 2022. They have not completed the internship as they were busy in COVID duties.
2. Holding NEET PG at a later date will also ensure there is suitable gap between the exam, and the ongoing counselling of current session.
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Deferment is another word for postponement. In this story, or in this case, candidates are simply urging the authorities to delay the exam date of NEET PG 2022 to such a date where more junior doctors are eligible for it by completing their internships.
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Due to the concern of non-completion of their mandatory internship program, 6 MBBS Graduates who had registered for the NEET PG 2022 Examination submitted a plea to the Supreme court of India regarding postponement of this year’s National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) which is set to be conducted on March 12, 2022.
As the internship program won’t be completed till March 12, candidates are finding it difficult to prepare and are deemed as “ineligible” for the examination, thus are relying on the Supreme court to postpone the test.
Candidates filed this plea via the Dubey Law Chambers, asking NEET to be postponed to a further date.
According to NEET PG rules and regulations, one unit of students is required to handle 30 beds in a hospital but under the current circumstances, these 30 beds are being handled by two student units of different academic sessions. This is proving out to be chaotic and a violation against the NEET PG Regulations, 2000. Hence the petition filed by students also challenges this point.
Due to the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, several MBBS graduates were assigned to help in various hospitals and patient duty. This resulted in their internship being halted making them ineligible for the NEET PG Exam due to insufficient internship hours.
As this wasn’t their own fault and they were out serving the country, candidates decided to rightfully file a plea regarding postponement of the test. To further strengthen their case, Madurai MP, Su Venkatesan wrote a letter to the Union Health Minister regarding the delaying of NEET PG 2022.
Based on the current scenario, the NEET PG examination will be held on March 12, 2022. It will be an MCQ based test in which a total of 200 MCQs will be asked. Each question carries 4 marks and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted as a penalty.