The National Board of Examination (NBE) has decided to conduct Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) 2021 as per schedule, on June 18. The examination will be conducted on June 18, 2021, across the country following the COVID-19 measures. The Board has refuted the demand of candidates (Foreign Medical Graduates) to differ the examination from 18 June.
"Timely conduct of this examination will enable the foreign medical graduates who are successful, to get registered with state medical councils and contribute in the fight against COVID-19 as registered medical practitioners. In view of the sharp decline in COVID 19 cases across the country, it has been decided not to defer this examination and to conduct it with further extra protective measures," the official notice of NBE reads.
The decision to conduct exam is taken amid students uproar to either postpone the examination or provide a later chance to appear for the FMGE. The board has also issued guidelines for the safe conduct of the FMGE 2021 examination with COVID19 appropriate behaviour on the official website of NBE, natboard.edu.in. The students are asked to carry Negative report of COVID-19 to the exam centre.
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Here're the guidelines defined by the NBE to FMGs
1. Social Distancing: In view of the ongoing situation amid COVID19 pandemic, NBE has increased the number of test centres and testing seats across the country in order to minimize the travel needs of the candidates and reduce the number of candidates in one centre. The candidates are assured that sosial distancing will be followed at the examination centres for the safety of the students and staff members.
2. COVID E-PASS: The admit cards of the applicants downloaded from nbe.edu.in, will bear a COVID E-PASS to enable police & administrative authorities to facilitate movement of the candidates in case of any travel related restrictions.
3. Staggered entry of candidates at test centres: To avoid crowding at the test venues candidates will be given staggered time slots for reporting and will be communicated individually through emails and SMS.
4. Negative COVID-19 Test Report: It is mandatory for all candidates to bring & submit printed Negative report of Covid-19 RT-PCR/RAT/CBNAAT/TrueNAT test done within 72 hours prior to the examination date (not earlier than 15th June 2021).
5. Isolation Labs: All the candidates having COVID negative reports will also be checked at the entry point for the recording of temperature using thermo guns. In case they are detected with above normal temperature or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be allowed to take the examination in separate isolation lab-created for this purpose.
6. Compulsory use of Face Mask: Candidates will have to wear protective face masks and are allowed to bring admit cards and entry-related documents required for verification purposes. The candidates will be provided with a protective gear safety kit comprising of a face shield, a face mask, and 5 hand sanitizer sachets.
On Friday, the Supreme Court hearing the pleas related to PG Medical examination and INI CET ordered to postpone the INI CET 2021 exam for a month due to COVID-19. However, no relief was given to the FMGs.