‘Save NEET-PG, Stop Corruption!’
Guest article by Dr. Rehan Ahmed
I, like more than 90,000 medical graduates from across the country, have been undergoing the toughest times of my career for the last six months.
There has been complete apathy from the government of India, the union health ministry, the mainstream media and above all the honourable Supreme Court of India towards the medical graduates.
There has been months of delay in the declaration of theNEET-PG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate) results, whose actual date of declaration was January 31, 2013. (The NEET-PG exam was conducted between November 23 and December 6, 2012.)
It is one of the most important results of this country because healthcare of a country is dependent on its doctors so it directly affects each citizen. So, delaying it means turning a blind eye on the healthcare.
The government, particularly the health minister, is not taking the issue seriously and has not come in support of the students. Even the mainstream media has turned a blind eye on this matter and is not taking up the issue on a national scale despite several requests from medical graduates.
NEET-PG was introduced as an exam for admissions to MD/MS/Diploma courses in medical colleges (for both government and private) across India.
So, in an endeavour to stop corruption, the NEET-PG was introduced. Billed as the ‘one nation – one exam’, it was meant to replace the AIPGMEE (All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam) plus multiple state-wide exams.
It was welcomed with full enthusiasm by the entire medical graduate fraternity as its implementation would ensure transparency in admissions in each and every medical college and at each and every post graduate medical seat and also would help stop corruption in medical education in our country.
But as soon as the NEET-PG exam got over medical colleges both private and other minority colleges filed cases against it in the Honourable Supreme Court. The cases have been pending in the Supreme Court and the results have been put on hold as the case date keeps getting postponed with no results in sight.
The government, the judicial system and the media need to understand the critical nature of the delays, because the healthcare system of our country is dependent on its doctors.
Our system needs to wake up from its lazy ways and bring an end to the result delays.
The students who have slogged for a year and many who have been slogging for longer need to be put out of their misery.
So, I would humbly request the Honourable Supreme court to fasten up matters, declare a verdict which helps Save NEET-PG and Stop Corruption in Medical Education in this country as soon as possible, the NEET-PG results get published and we get back to our normal careers.