The medical students, stranded outside Manipur due to the nationwide lockdown, have requested Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh to support in rescheduling the NEET PG counselling in the state.

Amidst the nationwide lockdown, the directorate general of health services under the Union health ministry issued a notification on the schedule of Round 1 of NEET PG Counselling 2020 for the states on April 17, 2020 in the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) website.

Through the notification, the state counselling authorities were directed to conduct the counselling sessions with effect from April 20, 2020 to May 4, 2020.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown has been extended to May 3, 2020.

Keeping in view of the lockdown and travel advisories issued by the Government of India to control the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, 10 Manipuri medical students currently stranded outside the state have expressed their inability to attend the counselling session.

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The Manipuri medical students have shared: “It would be very difficult to travel from one state to another for attending the said counselling session during the nationwide lockdown, as some of the students are residing currently on the hotspots COVID-19 areas of the metro cities.”

The stranded medical students are Dr. Ingudam Mahendra Singh (New Delhi), Dr. Arambam Carol (Guwahati), Dr. Khuraijam Asha Devi (Shillong), Dr. Yumnam Ramesh Singh (Shillong) ,Dr.Waikhom Shinthoileima Chanu, (Shillong), Dr.Makakmayum Rukshana (New Delhi), Dr.Momota Wahengbam, (Guwahati) Dr. Monika Nahakpam (Shillong) Dr. Shafiullah Muhamed (Guwahati) and Dr. Uma Thounaojam (New Delhi).

These medical students from Manipur have requested Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh to intervene and reconsider to re-schedule the round 1 state NEET PG counselling 2020 in Manipur until normalcy resumes in the country or suggests possible arrangements to resolve the issue.

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