more classes for mbbs first year students to compensate the covid delay

MUMBAI: The academic session for the first-year MBBS 2021-22 batch will commence from February 14 — after a delay of almost seven months. The session usually commences on August 1. The National Medical Commission released the schedule for the year considering the delay due to the pandemic. The admissions were also delayed over a court case against the introduction of OBC and EWS reservations in all-India quota seats.

As per the circular, the foundation course will be covered in 11 months instead of 13. The course will be covered after regular teaching hours or on weekends or holidays. The vacations in the first, second, and third years will also be curtailed by a month. “Each subsequent professional year has been compressed by one month only. Care has been taken not to curtail practical and clinical postings. The internship will also remain for a year,” said the circular. The final exam for the batch will be held in June 2026. NMC added that it may appear that the course duration has been shortened but actual teaching and training hours have been preserved