Mumbai: MBBS students worried about internship ahead of NEET 2023

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Medical students awaiting graduation results fear losing an entire academic year due to late reporting of results. The students fear that their promotion will miss the NEET-PG 2023 because they will not be able to complete the compulsory 12-month internship after their final year.

After MBBS, each student must complete a 12-month internship before the NEET-PG result is declared. If the internship is not completed, a candidate cannot be admitted to the PG (Post Graduation) course.

The NEET PG 2022 for the next academic year will be held on May 21. NEET-PG 2023 aspirants have said the exam will be held around the same time next year. To complete their internship before the declaration of NEET-PG 2023 results, their MBBS result must be published now so that they can start their internship.

According to the students, any further delay in reporting results will result in a delay in the internship, which in turn will impact their PG admissions. “It is considering the NEET-PG exams which will be held around May next year. If it is held earlier, there is no chance that we will be able to complete the compulsory internship on time, said a student under covered with anonymity.

Generally, NEET-PG takes place the first week of January. However, due to the pandemic, the exam schedule is delayed this year. Meanwhile, some students believe that with the return to normality after the pandemic, the NEET-PG could take place earlier next year. Recently, the Supreme Court denied a motion to postpone NEET-PG 2022 with remarks that the country is emerging from a pandemic and there is a need to streamline college years.

Few students also pointed out the shortage of manpower in hospitals after the first batch of interns left after completing their internship. “The new promotion cannot start an internship because the results are not yet known,” said a student.

Dr Ajit Pathak, Controller of Examinations at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), said work on the results is going on a war footing. “We don’t want any student to miss NEET-PG 2023. At the same time, hospitals too need manpower soon,” he said, adding that the delay was expected after the postponement of final year exams due to a sudden spike in Covid cases with the spread of the Omicron variant.

“We have already announced the results of several branches. Only MBBS, Ayurveda and Homeopathy results are pending, which we plan to report soon,” Pathak added.

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