With the surge in number of active COVID-19 cases in the country, the PMO has decided to postpone National entrance cum eligibility test or NEET PG exams for at least 4 months. According to the prime minister, the medical graduates can serve as frontline workers for fighting Corona virus in this tough phase of the pandemic.
Also, The joint secretary of health ministry mentioned that the appearing candidates will be provided with 1 month duration for preparation prior to the new dates of examination. The PMO Released an official statement via social media on monday after discussion in an high-level meeting chaired by the prime minister.
Although, the new tentative dates are yet to be announced. Earlier the exam was scheduled to be held on 18th april and the admit cards were also released for the same by national testing agency (NTA). Earlier this year, the union health minister Dr. Harsh vardhan announced that all the medical entrance exams would be conducted keeping in mind the situations of Covid-19 cases at the time at which examinations are to be held.
The Centre already had informed the states and union territories to reach and contact every NEET PG candidate and convince them to join the Covid task force as soon as possible. Also, the Prime minister reviewed the demand of Medical staff needed for the covid care sector in the country and hence instructed the states to assign duties to final year students of MBBS and B.Sc.
Nursing for monitoring Covid patient’s with mild symptoms and patient’s under home isolation. Also, the medical workers with more then 100 days of COVID-19 Duty will be given priority in future government services and jobs.