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NEET Aspirants sign petition, Demanding Exam Center in UAE

Medical aspirants living in the United Arab Emirates have signed an online petition asking for a local centre in the country for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is the only national medical entrance examination in India for undergraduate courses in the country to MBBS courses in AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER and all the similar institutions. The conducting body for this exam is NTA (National Testing Agency).

The exam was supposed to be conducted in the month of May, however, it had to be postponed to a later date due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam is now scheduled to be conducted all around the country on July 26.

NEET is conducted in offline mode where the candidate has to answer on the OMR sheet. This exam can be taken by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and these candidates have to take the exam in India only.

According to the statistics, out of 10 lakhs aspirants, 300 resides in UAE. They have signed an online petition which says, “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 all over the world, the flights have been disrupted and even the limited window of travel opportunities come along with compulsory quarantine. In this situation, it is impossible for the students of UAE or GCC to travel to India to appear in the proposed NEET Exam (26th July). We sincerely request the National Testing Agency to arrange for a test centre in UAE so that students can safely take the exam without risking their life.” This petition has already been signed by over 909 people.

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Subramanian Krishnamoorthy, CEO of the UAE-based Meccademia Education Group which prepares candidates for NEET and other exams, commented that the demand was “under consideration” by the NTA. Krishnamoorthy assures that Meccademia can open its facilities for a local test, bearing all costs, at its 10 centres in the UAE that can hold a capacity of 500 candidates.

“There are many students from UAE who are enrolled to give the exam. “Travel and stay in India will be very tough to arrange in time for the exam. It will be safer for everyone if an exam centre is held in UAE”, writes India expat Jiya Shankar on ipetitions.com, supporting the petition.