90,000 doctors(both MBBS and BDS graduates) have been waiting 24 x 7 / 6 months, day in and out, FOR THEIR NEET PG RESULTS SO THEY CAN PROGRESS WITH THEIR CAREERS. The careers and livelihoods of all these doctors remain at a standstill at present. Is this fair?
We would like to bring this important matter to your immediate attention.
There is an distressing situation of uncertainty facing the MBBS doctors who have taken the NEET-PG Test (National Eligibility Entrance Test- PostGraduate).
We have enclosed an account of the events for your perusal. This unfortunate situation facing 90,000 young Indian Medical Doctors is a catastrophe. Their lives are on "hold". Most are now unemployed and not engaged in further studies/training awaiting the repeatedly postponed court proceedings.
Until 2012, the AIPGE (All India PG entrance Exam) was the single exam for PG medical seats (All India quota) in various govt medical colleges across the country. In addition, each state and private universities were having their own exams to fill up the rest of the govt quota seats and private college seats.
There were various reports of "malpractices" , "seat-selling", "seat-blocking" - as also reported by CNN IBN recent "sting" operation (also CNN IBN carried reports earlier for past 3 years about the same).
The NEET-PG was introduced on a “one nation- one exam” concept and was supposed to replace the AIPGE and multiple exams being held by various states and private medical college associations throughout the country. It was also supposed to end the "malpractices" - (as stated by the authorities in the video in reply to CNN IBN sting operation). Although the NEET was proposed to be started in 2011 itself, by December 2011 the exam was SHELVED AT THE LAST MOMENT stating that "AIIMS did not have the manpower" to hold this exam (various newspapers /websites reported this).
In 2012 September NEET PG became a reality. Most PG medical seat aspirants welcomed the NEET-PG hoping that it would end these various issues and honestly act as "one exam for one nation". Soon after its announcement the NEET-PG ran into various problems, even BEFORE the exam was conducted. The registration on a "first come first serve" basis began on a chaotic note with some candidates being forced to select far-off centres (nearby centres were added later !!!) . Then the bombshell - 76 medical colleges sought exemption from this NEET exam even before the exam started (u can find google news reports for this). Still the exam was conducted successfully and about 90,000 doctors wrote this computer based -exam.
Currently the “spirit” of the NEET exam seems to be getting defeated since the Hon'ble Supreme Court has allowed the various private medical colleges and states to conduct their own exams (but not announce the results until, final judgment) as per the notice dated 13th December updated on the MCI (Medical Council of India) website. Many states (AP, TN, Karnataka) have already held their state exams as per the Hon'ble SC directive and UP has slated it for 23 April despite stiff opposition and hunger strikes by the medicos.
Some of the questions which remain unanswered till now and the questions for which each NEET candidate seeks answer are
1. WHY wasn’t this legal tangle with Pvt colleges and few states anticipated by the authorities ???? -- since few "court stays" already existed (as per reports - COMEDK, state of TN already had "stays"). Did the authorities bungle up and put up the NEET notification without going thro the proper procedure for clearing these "stays" before announcing NEET?
2. Why was NEET preponed (compared to actual AIPGE which was in Jan 1st or 2nd week).....was it because Prometric (the exam conducting agency) didn't have available slots in January - any hidden facts here?
3. What is the future of this NEET PG - is it going to be the same problem next year or will we have a foolproof/concrete solution in place?
THE CATASTROPHIC SITUATION FACING THE NEET-PG CANDIDATES
1. After MBBS, each doctor spends about 1 full year in preparation for the annual All India Level PG entrance Exam. And following this exam they pursue their post-graduation in various colleges across the country. India has shortage of doctors as we know but here we have a situation where qualified MBBS doctors are "sitting and doing nothing". This is placing their knowledge and experience in jeopardy.
2. Now these MBBS doctors are faced with a situation where they have written an exam which was preponed (compared to previous years) and the results are ‘postponed’ (until further directive by Hon'ble supreme court). This is totally unacceptable. The fate of the majority of doctors cannot be placed on "hold" due to a minority issue.
3. The various state and private medical college exams are also being held as of the case drags on and on in the court. This has led to students travelling across the country to sit multiple exams at great cost to themselves. This is causing severe distress and uncertainty not to mention a future that is unknown.
We hope this issue will be highlighted in the media.
We would therefore request that the Minister of Health and the Medical Council of India seek to respond to our questions meaningfully and resolve this unacceptable situation immediately.
The petition is current supported by the signatories.