According to an official statement by the Prime Minister Office, the Center on Monday announced that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Exam 2021 has been postponed for at least four months in a bid to provide adequate human resources for responding to the Covid pandemic in the country.
A decision was taken to postpone NEET- PG for at least four months and the exam will not be held before August 31, 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. It was also decided to allow deployment of medical interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as a part of internship rotation. The Service of the final year MBBS students can be utilized for providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of the faculty. This will reduce the workload on the existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and provide a boost to efforts of triaging.
The service of the Final Year PG Students (Broad as well as Super Specialist) as residents may continue to be utilized until fresh batches of PG students have joined. B.Sc/ GNM Qualified Nurses may be utilised in full time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses. The individuals providing services in Covid Management will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitments after they complete minimum 100 days of Covid duty.
The medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. All Health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers engaged in fighting Covid19. All such professionals who sign up for a minimum of 100 days of Covid duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from the Government of India.