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Priyanka Gandhi responds to mounting pressure to postpone NEET PG 2022 exam

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has asked the health minister to postpone NEET PG 2022 exam. This is in response to mounting pressure from medical professionals and MBBS graduates to delay the National Eligibility Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET) PG 2022.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has come out in favor of medical professionals and MBBS graduates who are calling for the National Eligibility Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET) PG 2022 to be postponed. In a tweet, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi tagged Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, requesting him to relieve applicants of mental stress by delaying the exam.

The test is set to take place on May 21. The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking a delay of NEET PG 2022 on May 13. Candidates have requested that it be postponed by six to eight weeks, claiming a lack of time for preparation since the NEET PG 2021 counselling procedure concludes late.

Gandhi tweeted, “Due to the delay in counseling for NEETPG2021, the applicants for NEETPG2022 are putting forth a very fair demand to postpone the test by a few weeks. Please reduce these young people’s mental anguish by delaying the exam for a few weeks. #POSTPONENEETPG2022.”

The NEET-PG 2022 test was originally set for March but was postponed to May 21 due to many requests from physicians and students to postpone the exam. A false circular indicating that NEET PG 2022 has been postponed to July 9 was also doing the rounds. However, the government’s fact-checking agency, PIB Fact Check, stated that the circular is a forgery and that the test has not been rescheduled.

Aspirants have been requesting delay of the NEET PG 2022 test, saying that NEET counselling 2021 is still ongoing, leaving just a little time between the counselling and the following exam. Furthermore, the application forms are not yet accessible, and doctors who passed NEET PG 2021 with a lower rank are still awaiting counselling; nevertheless, if they do not receive a seat, they will be unable to register for NEET PG 2022. This will cost them a year.

Aspirants further allege that 5000 interns would be disqualified from taking the test since they served during the Covid-19 epidemic. They will be able to do so if the exam is extended.

Senior counsel Rakesh Khanna filed the petition in the Supreme Court, which will be considered on May 13, on behalf of physicians who want the NEET PG to be postponed. Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha will hear the plea. The petitioners are asking for a “fair chance” for applicants to take the exam.

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