Union Government postponed the exam for NEET PG 2021 :

  • The Indian Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced on Thursday, 15th of April, that a postponement will be conducted for the postgraduate exams of NEET 2021.
  • The exam was scheduled to be held on 18th of April but the severe outcry from students due to rising Covid-19 second wave, forced authorities to take charge on this issue.
  • There is no announcement made for a new schedule and the postponement shall keep on until further notice.
  • Several junior doctors aspiring to attempt the exam this year to boost up their medical career focused more on their own health than making it a compulsory to attend the exam.
  • These aspirants urged and appealed the authorities to postpone the exam as they feared that the exam centers may act as the spreading grounds for the novel coronavirus.
  • A hashtag called #postponeneetpg and other similar hashtags were used my many medical students on Twitter for urging the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to appeal the central government regarding the postponement. The medical students demanded that the exam be held after a few weeks, after the peak of COVID-19 infections is crossed.
  • Well, no body is sure when the infections will likely become inactive and stop spreading.
  • India has become one of the highest countries to get infected with the virus because of the double mutant virus variant.
  • The country has three major vaccines currently called the Sputnik V from Russia, Covaxin and Covishield from India. Most of the people above the age of 40 have already began getting vaccinated. But it is found that some people are still getting affected with the virus. Research says that it is caused only in a few and because either the body is not immune or the body has hit the second strain of viruses.
  • These factors made students worry on taking any further risk even though vaccination is currently in progress.
  • The students filed a petition to the Supreme Court appealing to raincheck the respective examination. The petition filing was helped by a lawyer named Pallavi Pratap citing the cancellation of CBSE board exams to make a case for the postponement of NEET.
  • According to the chief of DMK party of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin also responded to this protest saying that these students are the future advanced doctors that will save the people and its nation. Even during this pandemic, they are fighting hard to protect people from the virus. In this case, it is probably not a wise decision to risk their lives in such threat. When they will be fine, they will come forward to help the nation, because right now conducting the exam is not necessarily an important event than saving their own lives and the lives of others.
  • When the Union government announced the cancellation of Class 10 CBSE boards and postponement of the Class 12 CBSE boards on Wednesday, the protest and appeal began to enlarge more rapidly.
  • The Class 10 exams were supposedly scheduled from May 4 to June 7, 2021, whereas the Class 12 exams were scheduled to be conducted from May 4 to June 15, 2021.
  • The decision was announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and other top officials.
  • Several politicians had called for cancellation of the exams prior to the meeting, owing to a massive surge of COVID-19 cases across the country.
  • On looking forward, the Union Government, finally decided to announce the postponement of the NEET PG 2021 examination. The dates will be declared as soon as the situation is under control and until the next further notice.