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It was mandatory for all MBBS aspiring students to take the NEET (UG) exam before pursuing their graduation from a foreign institute or university. However, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made an exception this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, following which students can skip NEET 2020 exam on 13th September 2020.
However, this exception does have a condition i.e. students must qualify in NEET (UG) 2020 or NEET (UG) 2021.
- COVID-19 Advisory for NEET 2020
- NEET 2020 Admit Card Released, Check How To Download
- As per MCI, “If the student fails to qualify in NEET, the decision to further pursue the medical course in a Foreign Institute would be at his/her own risk. The student will not be allowed to take the MCI Screening Test or FMGE Exam. Further, the State Medical Council or MCI will not grant them the licence of Registered Medical Practitioner.”
The rule of mandatorily qualifying NEET 2020 for pursuing MBBS from a foreign college or university was brought by MCI in 2018. Today, a large number of students hope to pursue their education in medical fields from countries like Russia, Hong Kong, China, Germany, USA and more.
The admissions to the foreign universities usually begin soon and NEET 2020 has already been delayed thrice. Moreover, international travel has been banned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to which even after qualifying NEET 2020, students might not be able to travel abroad for education. This was making it difficult for students to take a firm decision regarding their higher education.
Also, all the students must fulfil the criteria under the “Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002”.
NEET 2020 is scheduled for 13th September 2020. It will be conducted in a single shift in around 6000 exam centres. The total number of participants for NEET this year are expected to be around 15 lakhs.
While, National Testing Agency (NTA) is firm on their decision of conducting JEE Main 2020, six states who filed review petition, are firm to get NEET 2020 postponed. The hearing for the review petition will be heard by the Supreme Court of India at 1:30 PM.
The review petition has been filed on the decision taken by the Supreme Court on not postponing the NEET 2020 and JEE Main exam, specially when COVID-19 cases are rising every day by 80,000. The apex court rejected the plea citing that not conducting entrance exams will put the “Career of students at peril.”
A three-judge panel led by Justice Ashok Bushan will hear the review plea today. The plea was filed by the following opposition states-
- Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant)
- West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak)
- Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat)
- Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon),
- Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma),
- Punjab (B S Sidhu)
Dear #NEET_JEE Friends,
Tomorrow at 1.30 PM, a 3-Judge Bench led by Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan, will consider 3 Review Petitions seeking #POSTPONEJEE_NEET
Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan had recently allowed States to Postpone #UGC final year Exams.
Let’s hope for the Best🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/rz1ZYAqfA1
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) September 3, 2020
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee, on Tuesday said that more than 75% students were absent for JEE Main 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is to be noted that JEE Main 2020 is being conducted in several shifts in a span of 6 days i.e. 1st to 6th September.
While on the other hand, NEET 2020 will be conducted in a single shift on 13th September only. Moreover, the number of candidates for NEET 2020 are much higher around 15 lakhs, while for JEE the number is only 8.5 lakhs.