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A summary of what has happened from the request to delay NEET PG 2023 to the announcement of the exam date

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The Supreme Court is set to hear a plea on February 24 that calls for the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET PG) which is scheduled for March 5, 2023. This is due to the lengthy gap between the exam date and the counselling process, a demand supported by NEET PG 2023 applicants.

Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, declared in February to the Lok Sabha that NEET PG 2023 would not be postponed as it would further delay the exam and related counselling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rohan Krishnan, Chairman of FAIMA, asked students to continue studying, expressing his disappointment with the MoHFW’s lack of consideration for postponing the NEET exam. He then added: “Friday is the date of Hearing in SC as specified by Lawyer to Students. There’s no fresh update.”

NEET PG 2023: Here’s a brief timeline of events

February 20, 2023: The NBE has shut down the possibility for people to edit their NEET PG 2023 application, which was available on natboard.edu.in.

February 16, 2023: The students have submitted a request to the Supreme Court to postpone NEET PG.

February 10, 2023: Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, informed the Lok Sabha that the NEET PG 2023 exam will not be postponed in order to avoid any further holdup in the test and counselling process as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

February 8, 2023: A collection of applicants have made an appeal on Change.org to delay the NEET PG exams. As of the submitting of this report, the appeal has been signed by more than 16,000 hopefuls. According to the petition’s content, NBE has published an announcement saying that those finishing their internship by August are also qualified to take the exam on 5th March, which shows that counseling won’t take place before August.

February 8, 2023: In a letter to Mansukh Mandaviya, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has requested the minister to delay NEET PG by two to three months.

February 7, 2023: The Indian Ministry of Health has again pushed back the cut-off date for MBBS internships for NEET PG 2023 to August 11th. This is the second time the National Board of Examinations for Medical Sciences (NBSEMS) has delayed the required internship deadline, the first being from March 31st to June 30th, 2023.

February 7, 2023: Medical professionals gathered at Jantar Mantar Road for a demonstration, organized by the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA), calling for the postponement of the NEET PG exam set for the beginning of March. Their signs displayed the words ‘Postpone NEET PG’.

February 7, 2023: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has cautioned medical candidates about a fraudulent public alert circulating widely about the modified timetable of the NEET PG 2023 test. An illegitimate alert dated February 6 claimed that the NEET PG 2023 exam had been rescheduled to May 21, 2023.

January 27, 2023: The NBE has shut down the enrollment process for the NEET PG 2023 exam on its online platform.

Mayank Tewari

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