According to official sources, the Union Health Ministry has extended the deadline for MBBS internship applications to June 30. An official notification regarding this is expected.
The deadline for applicants to finish their required one-year internship is currently March 31, 2023.
The ministry was urged to extend the eligibility period to June 30 by the Indian Medical Association, student union bodies, prospective candidates, and numerous state agencies.
According to sources, students and their families are requesting that if the MBBS internship completion date is postponed, then the date of the NEET PG examination should also be postponed.
Presently, the NEET PG entrance exam 2023 is scheduled for March 5.
The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) had also requested an extension of the deadline for MBBS internships, claiming that the current decision has grave repercussions and has left many students with a grim future.
“This unfortunate decision has rendered a majority of current interns across the country ineligible thereby wiping out competition and leaving a multitude of others in a state of uncertainty,” FORDA had said in a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
“This is especially devastating for interns in states such as Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and many others who have been altogether disqualified under this new rule as most of the states currently have interns who will attain their completion after the aforementioned date,” the letter further said.
The FORDA further stated that given the existing enormous delays and difficulties affecting medical education in India, this unanticipated adoption could cause a great deal of mental anguish and dissatisfaction among the students.
(With inputs from PTI)
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