MBBS Students in Maharashtra Granted Relief by Central Government

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Pune, 14th May 2023: In a significant move, the Central Government has provided relief to MBBS students in Maharashtra by granting them the opportunity for a fifth attempt in their exams. This decision comes after a delegation of parents and students who were studying first-year MBBS in the academic year 2019-20 approached Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, seeking intervention in the matter.


Acknowledging the challenges faced by students during the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Pawar held detailed discussions on the issue with senior officials of the National Medical Commission (NMC). Through continuous follow-ups and deliberations, the Union Minister successfully convinced the NMC to reconsider the existing rule, which mandated clearing the first professional MBBS exams within the first four attempts.


In light of the disrupted curriculum caused by the pandemic-induced closure of medical colleges in the academic year 2019-20, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar emphasized the need for the students to be granted a fifth attempt. The NMC carefully deliberated on the matter and ultimately decided to allow the first-year MBBS students from the 2019-20 academic year to have a fifth attempt. This decision has also received approval from Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.