#NoNextAyush: AYUSH students call for protest to scrap NExT exam

AYUSH students began a week-long nationwide protest on July 1, seeking the cancellation of the National Exit Test (NExT) due to lack of prior notification
What's #NoNextAyush all about?
What's #NoNextAyush all about?(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) students on Sunday, June 30 called for a week-long nationwide protest to scrap the National Exit Test (NExT) from July 1 to July for BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) students.

The National Exit Test (NExT) is a proposed examination for final-year MBBS, BAMS, BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery), BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery), and BHMS (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery) students in India. Its purpose also is to provide a single gateway for Indian and foreign medical graduates who want to obtain a license to practice medicine in India and pursue postgraduate (PG) medical programmes.

According to the students, information about the NExT exam was allegedly not conveyed to them during admission. The exam has been done away with for MBBS and Pharmacy students. 

Students are taking to social media, including X, and joining hands with fellow students to rise against the claimed injustice against them. They are sharing videos of solidarities on various social media platforms under the hashtag #NoNextAyush. 

As per their demand, the rules should be implemented from the next session, when a new batch joins because they were not informed about the said exam during admission.

One user, Dr Soni Sinha (@SSinha61848) on X wrote, “Why discrimination with Ayush students? We need to be unite against NEXT exam.”

Surendra Meena (@SurendraMeenaIN), the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) National Coordinator said, “The future of AYUSH students is getting dark due to the policies of the government. We want justice, we want improvement in the policies of NEXT examination.” Another one of his tweets included:

Another user Dr Omni Singh (@OmniSinghh), showing her defiance, shared, “Ending discrimination and extending equality should always be a national priority.So do not discriminate pathy’s. And help us to save ayush. Cancel NEXT exam for ayush students.”

Another one of her tweets included:

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