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NEET-UG row: Centre forms high-level committee, Dharmendra Pradhan says won't spare anyone

The Ministry of Education has requested a detailed report from the Economic Offences Unit of the Bihar Police regarding alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 exam held in Patna.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan New Delhi Updated on: June 20, 2024 21:03 IST
Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on NEET-UG row
Image Source : PIB Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Amid the ongoing controversy over the results of NEET-UG 2024, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said that the government is committed to protecting the interests of students. Addressing a press conference, he said that the NEET-UG 2024 will not be cancelled as of now and that the government will be forming a high-level committee to probe the matter. Emphasising a firm stance on transparency, he affirmed, "We will not compromise on transparency of the examination." 

What did Education Minister say? 

"The government is going to form a high-level committee which will be investigating several issues pertaining to the NTA. Recommendations will be expected from that high-level committee to further improve NTA, its structure, functioning, examination process, transparency and data security protocol. We are committed to zero error exam," Pradhan said at the press conference after the Opposition demanded answers from the Modi-led government over the NEET issue.

The Education Minister said that it will not compromise on transparency and is committed to protecting the interests of the students. "...I want to assure everyone that the government is committed to protecting the interests of students. We will not compromise on transparency...," Pradhan said. Speaking about the reports of the 'paper leak' from Patna, Pradhan said, "In the context of the NEET exam, we are in touch with Bihar government. We are receiving some information from Patna.

Police Police are investigating and a detailed report will be submitted by them. Following credible information, strict action will be taken against the guilty." Pradhan however said that the incident in Bihar is an isolated one and it should not affect other students. "One isolated incident (Bihar paper leak) should not affect lakhs of students who took the exam sincerely," the Education Minister said.

About UGC-NET examination 

It should be mentioned here that UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the award of junior research fellowship, for appointment as Assistant Professor and admission to PhD in Indian universities and colleges. The UGC-NET examination is held twice annually, in June and December. The awarding of the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/or eligibility for Assistant Professorship is determined by the candidate's overall performance in both Paper-I and Paper-II of the examination.  

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