A recent report revealed that the apex court of India had issued a notice to the Medical Council of India (MCI). The plea is in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the guardians from the middle east countries seeking new examination centres in their area.
The Root Cause of the Problem
Every year, thousands of Indian expatriate students (including foreign national students) apply for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The MCI has particular guidelines that these students need to follow to appear for the examination. But this year due to COVID-19 pandemic, expatriate students are facing some significant issues like:
- Attesting the required documents from the Indian embassy in the middle eastern countries, especially Qatar.
- International flights are non-operational from many countries.
- The guardian or the companion, along with the candidate, will have to follow strict rules of 14-day quarantine.
- If a candidate doesn’t abide by any of the listed protocols, his/her candidacy can get canceled.
What Did the PIL Mention?
Approximately 4,000 students from Qatar registered for NEET 2020. But little did they know that the conditions would get worse. COVID-19 has left everybody in despair, especially the students. The situation doesn’t seem to get better anytime soon, which is making students worried about their future. It is physically not possible for the students of the Middle East to travel to India for NEET. Thus, the parents have raised a genuine concern by seeking MCI’s help in arranging for new examination centres in the middle eastern countries.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level entrance examination that grants admission to qualified students into various medical courses. NEET scores are accepted in private (self-funded) medical colleges as well. That is why NEET is such a sought after examination for Indian students. NTA has received a total of 16 lakh registrations for NEET 2020.
NEET will be conducted on 13 September 2020. National Testing Agency (NTA) has made sure that it will follow all the protocols to ensure the safety of students. Amidst COVID-19, NEET will be among the first national level entrance examination to be held in India. Aspirants must check the official website – ntaneet.nic.in for regular updates.