Aspirants are unhappy and concerned after the Supreme Court today rejected the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate (NEET PG) 2023 delay appeal. As scheduled, the test will take place on March 5.
ASG Aishwarya Bhati informed the Supreme Court today that just a small percentage of students had requested a delay. “About 2.03 lakh students applied in the first window. Once the internship deadline was extended, just 6000 students applied, according to ASG. The bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Dipankar Datta heard arguments from both parties before rejecting the request to postpone the entrance exam and declining to hear any arguments in support of postponing NEET PG 2023.
Nonetheless, this decision has disappointed aspirants. “Like me, many other aspirants had great expectations from the Supreme Court. Abhishek Choudhary, a NEET PG student from Saharanpur who is interning at the Muzaffarnagar Medical College until May, said, “We had believed that if not NBE then at least the Supreme Court will hear our plea and appreciate the challenges that their future doctors of this country are suffering.”
Also, some students have said that they do not now have enough time to study for the exam. “Due to the cut-off issue, many students were not permitted to take the exam earlier. They fought for it earlier, and they later spent time making sure the authorities heard their request for a postponement. We put a lot of effort into making all of this a reality and trusted in India’s legal system. But, we are at a loss for the time at this point, and the Court has let us down,” Sakshi Singh, a NEET PG aspirant, and intern at HIMS Varanasi, told indianexpress.com.
Internship and Exam Conflict
Several aspirants, like Abhishek and Neha, feel they haven’t had enough time to prepare because their internships are still in progress. The conclusion of my internship is April 10.”
I am on hospital duty for around 20 to 24 hours every day, which gives me little time to study for the NEET PG exam. I currently have to rigorously perform my hospital duties while also studying for the exam. This has not only increased my stress levels but also taken away from my ability to study, according to Lakhan Prakash Gupta, an Aligarh Muslim University student who is now pursuing an internship at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (AMU).
The NBE allegedly ignored suggestions from state officials and other medical institutions, according to candidates. “The Health Ministry did not have a local report on the day of the exam. The fact that they modified the internship cut-off date twice after the initial announcement shows that they did not heed any advice regarding internship eligibility dates from states or institutions. NBE’s lack of management and responsibility is evident from this, Choudhary continued.
NEET PG Admit Card Chaos
This morning, the NBE distributed the admission cards, but many applicants took to Twitter to caution their fellow competitors from downloading the hall passes. The NBE allegedly only sent admission cards to demonstrate to the highest court that the candidates had no objections to the exam date. We were aware that the NBE was trying to persuade the Supreme Court that we were okay with the exam date, which is false. So, we did not download the admission card when it was available in the morning. Singh said, “I tried downloading it right now, but the website is unavailable owing to high traffic.
Choudhary further mentioned that it would take him nearly two hours to go from his hometown to the exam center. “My test center is in Meerut, but I live in Saharanpur. They won’t understand how difficult it is to appear for such a huge exam in a different city and instead will just urge me to drive there early in the morning if I disagree.
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