Centre postpones NEET Post-Grad entrance exam scheduled for Sunday amid Covid surge
New Delhi/IBNS: The NEET-Post Graduate medical entrance exams - scheduled to be held on Sunday - have been postponed "in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases", Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed on Thursday evening.
In a tweet, he wrote: "In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Government of India has decided to postpone NEET-PG 2021 exam, which was earlier scheduled to be held on April 18. Next date to be decided later."
In light of the surge in #COVID19 cases,GoI has decided to postpone #NEETPG2021 exam which was earlier scheduled to be held on Apr 18— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 15, 2021
Next date to be decided later
Decision has been taken keeping wellbeing of our young medical students in mind.@PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA #NEETPG
#NEETPG2021 POSTPONED !— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 15, 2021
Health & safety of our young doctors is paramount.
Next date to be decided after reviewing the situation later. @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA #Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/5FFzcje3iB
An estimated 1.7 lakh medical aspirants were scheduled to appear in the examination.
The next date for the exam will be announced after reviewing the situation later.
The decisions came after it emerged that a group of student doctors had moved the Supreme Court asking for the exam to be deferred.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde will hear the matter on Friday.
Even "#postponeneetpg" trended online over the past few weeks and a signature campaign was set up online.
Earlier on Wednesday, India's central board for secondary education (CBSE) decided to cancel the scheduled examinations for class 10 and postpone for class 12 amid the massive spike in Covid cases across the country.
Those sitting for entrance tests like NEET and JEE had protested too and approached the Supreme Court. The top court, however, said the exams could be held with strict restrictions on contact and social distancing.
In a grim situation, India registered 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak.