Counseling for medical admissions under the National Eligibility/Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET-PG) will begin from Wednesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said today.
The announcement comes after the Supreme Court on Friday ended the stalemate over admission to medical colleges by lifting new quotas. More than 45,000 trainee doctors can now join the workforce after counseling, which comes as India battles a wave of Covid cases caused by the Omicron variant.
“NEET-PG counseling will be initiated by MCC (Medical Counseling Committee) from January 12, 2022, following the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court as assured by the Ministry of Health to the resident doctors. This will give more strength to the country in the fight against Corona. My best wishes to all candidates,” the minister tweeted in Hindi.
रेसीडेंट डॉक्टरस को स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय द्वारा दिए आश्वासन अनुसार, माननीय सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के आदेश के बाद MCC द्वारा NEET-PG काउन्सलिंग 12 जनवरी 2022 से शुरू की जा रही है।
से लड़ाई में देश को और मज़बूती मिलेगी। को मेरी शुभकामनाएं।
— Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) January 9, 2022
NEET-PG is a qualifying exam for medical students for admission to more than 100 private and government colleges. Those who clear it are given ‘counselling’ – they are referred to universities and colleges based on grades and chosen specialization and can work under the supervision of senior colleagues.
The counseling was scheduled to begin last October but was postponed after petitions were filed against a government notice announcing the reservation of seats for OBC (Other Backward Classes) and EWS candidates. As a result, nearly 45,000 trainee doctors were barred from admission last year, overloading those already treating patients during the pandemic.
GPs in several states, including Delhi, took to the streets to protest the delay in the counseling process.
The Supreme Court cleared the way for medical admissions after a four-month delay, allowing 27 percent reservation for OBC and 10 percent quota for students from poor families on Friday, saying counseling must begin in “national interest.”