After FORDA, FAIMA writes to health minister to postpone NEET PG 2023, reconsider internship eligibility

Doctors' body, FAIMA writes to Mansukh Mandaviya regarding the NEET PG 2023 postponement and extension of internship eligibility.

After FORDA, FAIMA writes to health minister to postpone NEET PG 2023, reconsider internship eligibility NEET PG 2023 postponement. (Picture: Shuttserstock)
Ishita Ranganath | Jan 24, 2023 - 5:06 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) writes a letter to union minister of heath and family welfare, Maksukh Mandaviya. The doctors' body requests authorities to postpone NEET PG 2023 exam and re-consider internship eligibility for aspirants.

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The association states that if the NEET PG 2023 examination is conducted on March 5, 2023, around 10,000 NEET aspirants will not be eligible to appear in the exam. FAIMA also added that due to the conduction of NEET PG 2022 stray counselling round on January 10, 2023, numerous students did not have enough time to prepare for the NEET PG 2023 exam.

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The United Doctors Front Association (UDFA), Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA), Indian Medical Association (IMA) and other candidates have also previously sent letters to the minister requesting the postponement of NEET PG 2023 due to the insufficient time to prepare for the exam and the long gap between the NEET PG exam and counselling.

Pointing out a previous similar situations where the National Board of Examinations (NBEMS) postponed the NEET PG exam and also extended the eligibility of internships, the association requests the health minister to do the same. "We have also noticed a helpful decision by MOHFW in 2022, where NBEMS rescheduled NEET PG on 21/05/2022 & also additionally extended the eligibility criteria for interns due to which lots of intern students of various states were eligible of NEET PG 2022. Even the similar scenario was seen in Covid Pandemic where the NEET PG 2021 was rescheduled from 15/04/21 to 11/09/21," read the letter.

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Thousands of accounts have been requesting authorities to listen to their pleas and postpone the exam. Hashtags such as #NEETPG2023, #NEETPG and #postponeneetpg23 have been in trends for the past month. Students feels helpless despite the fact that the NEET PG internship eligibility was extended to June 30, there are still thousands of NEET aspirants who are ineligible to appear in the exam due to cut-off dates. Student chants have been growing in chorus, asking the same thing over and over, "will NEET PG 2023 be postponed?"

"FAIMA suggests with a genuine humble request for a similar step that can be considered this year in order to make many potential ineligible candidates eligible for NEET PG 2023. Considering the above mentioned facts, FAIMA requests the concern authority to kindly consider the request and do the needful by postponing the exam by 2-3 months & re consideration of eligibility criteria of interns to make them eligible for NEET PG 2023," further added the FAIMA letter.

The NEET PG 2023 application forms will be available till January 27, 2023. Candidates can apply at NBEMS' official website- nbe.edu.in.


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