NEET PG 2021 Postponed Amid Covid-19 Spike
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The National Eligibility cum Entrance test for postgraduate students, scheduled to be held on April 18, has been postponed for the time being, in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on April 15. "Decision has been taken keeping wellbeing of our young medical students in mind," the minister tweeted. The next date will be decided later.

A group of doctors of April 15 moved the Supreme Court seeking the postponement of the examination, before the Centre announced its decision. In their plea, the doctors said that the candidates who would be appearing in the exam are doctors treating Covid-19 patients daily. the petition also mentioned that when the exam in January got cancelled, the pandemic situation of the country was not this perilous.

At a time where there is a sudden surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country and an acute shortage of doctors, the notification for the examination on April 18 was against public interest, the plea said referring to the deferment of CBSE class 12 exams, a decision taken on April 14.

The exam is conducted by the National Board of Examination, which also released admit cards for the exam. The demand to postpone NEET PG 2021 was raised by several political leaders, with DMK chief MK Stalin voicing his concerns on April 15. "CBSE exams have now got cancelled due to the second wave of COVID19. With increasing cases and fatalities, when our doctors are fighting hard against all odds, is this the right time to hold National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for PG courses," Stalin tweeted.

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