No NExT for 2019 MBBS batch, says Mansukh Mandaviya in viral video

NExT Exam: A viral video showed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya saying that the test will not be held this year while addressing students.

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Mansukh Mandaviya said no to NExT exam for 2019 MBBS batch in a viral video (Image Source: Official Twitter Account)Mansukh Mandaviya said no to NExT exam for 2019 MBBS batch in a viral video (Image Source: Official Twitter Account)

Vagisha Kaushik | July 6, 2023 | 09:06 PM IST

NEW DELHI: A video is going viral on social media wherein the union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya can be seen saying that the National Exit Test (NExT) exam will not be implemented for the 2019 batch while addressing the students of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Raipur today. NExT will replace the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) PG for admission to postgraduate programmes.

In the video, the minister said that students do not need to take stress, the exam will not be held this year. Reacting to the video, several doctors and MBBS students thanked the minister and asked the National Medical Commission (NMC) to make changes in the new exam before implementing it for students.

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Earlier, NMC announced that AIIMS Delhi will be conducting the NExT exam in two steps – step 1 and step 2 twice a year. The students who took MBBS admissions in 2019 will be the first to sit for the exam, it said. AIIMS Delhi has begun the registration for the NExT mock test which will be conducted on July 28.

A doctor said in a tweet, “Honourable Health Minister Shri @mansukhmandviya clearly stated that he's not implementing NEXT for 2019 batch students. If this happens it will be a great relief to the students and will surely reduce their anxiety.”

Another doctor tweeted, “Thank you @mansukhmandviya for deciding not to conduct NExT for the Batch of 2019! Request @NMC_IND to standardise the medical curriculum first, ensure competency of medical education and discuss with all stakeholders before coming out with hasty anti-student decisions!”

“Thankful to @mansukhmandviya for your direction to NMC to not conduct NExT for Batch 2019. Policy of NExT made by @NMC_IND is anti student and many changes are needed before its implementation. Thankful to @OfficeOf_MM for taking lead in this,” wrote another doctor.

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