The Prime Minister’s Office has announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2021, the postgraduate medical entrance examination, would not be conducted till August 31. This has been done to rope in MBBS pass-outs students for COVID19 duty. It also permitted the final year MBBS students to conduct teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases under the supervision of senior doctors.
The Health Ministry said – “A decision was taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months and the exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. Students will also be given at least one month of time after the announcement of the exam before it is conducted. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties.”
The decisions were taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the growing need for adequate human resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Government has asked medical and nursing students preparing for NEET PG 2021 to join the pandemic duty. In return, the Prime Minister’s Office has also offered incentives to medical graduates who decide to rake up the task.
The PMO further said medical personnel completing 100 days of COVID duty will be given the Prime Minister’s COVID National Service Samman. They will also be given priority in the government recruitment. Apart from this, the insurance scheme would be applicable. All such medical professionals would be suitably vaccinated, the government assured while urging the medical graduates to step forward and help the country.