PUDUCHERRY: Lok Sabha member V Vaithilingam has urged Union health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya to direct Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) to postpone admission to postgraduate courses in allied health sciences for the academic year 2021-22 as several institutes in the country are yet to hold the final year examinations for undergraduate courses in allied health sciences for the last academic year. In a letter to the Union minister, the Puducherry MP said Jipmer has commenced admission to the postgraduate courses and has scheduled to hold counselling for admission this week. He pointed out that even the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) for postgraduate admission has been postponed many times and has been scheduled to be held in the middle of September due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Many universities in India are yet to conduct the final year examination for the UG (allied health sciences) courses and students are not in a position to appear for the counselling (for PG admission)," said Vaithilingam. He urged the Union minister to intervene and direct the Jipmer authorities to postpone the admission process for the postgraduate courses for allied health sciences till the final year examinations for the undergraduate courses are held.