Serious questions being raised on the integrity of NTA and the manner in which NEET is conducted: Congress

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New Delhi. The Congress on Sunday said the integrity of the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the manner in which it conducted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are under “serious questions”. Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a post on the social media platform ‘X’, “I was a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare between 2014 and 2019. I remember the widespread support for NEET at that time. But there were also MPs, especially from Tamil Nadu, who expressed concern that NEET would benefit CBSE students and harm students coming from other boards and schools.”

He said, “I now feel that this CBSE related issue needs proper analysis. Is NEET discriminatory? Are students from poor sections being deprived of opportunities? Other states like Maharashtra have also expressed serious doubts about NEET.” Ramesh said that serious questions are also being raised on the integrity of the National Examination Agency and the way NEET is designed and conducted. The Congress General Secretary claimed that in the last decade the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has itself lost its professional attitude.
He said, “It is expected that the new permanent committees will conduct a thorough review of NEET, NTA and NCERT when they are formed. This should be given top priority.” The NEET exam was conducted on May 5 at 4,750 centers and about 24 lakh candidates participated in it. The results were expected to be declared on June 14, but the results were declared on June 4 as the evaluation of answer sheets had already been completed.

NEET case: Sibal demands investigation by officers appointed by the Supreme Court
Amid the ongoing controversy over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges, former Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday demanded a probe by Supreme Court-appointed authorities into the allegations of irregularities and urged the government to hold in-depth discussions with all states on the modalities of conducting the exam.

In an interview to PTI-Bhasha, Rajya Sabha member Sibal also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue and said that if the examination system itself becomes corrupt in an examination, then “it is not right for the Prime Minister to remain silent.” Sibal urged all political parties to raise this issue loudly in the upcoming Parliament session. He said that there is little hope of discussion on this because the government will not allow it citing that the matter is pending in the court.

Sibal was the Minister of Human Resource Development (now Department of Education) from 29 May 2009 to 29 October 2012. He said, “The National Examination Agency (NTA) has actually rigged and the corrupt practices of providing question papers in advance for exams like those conducted to become doctors have been exposed by media institutions.” He said, “I am shocked by some incidents in Gujarat and these are a matter of concern for the nation. I think NTA should answer these serious questions.” Sibal said that what is even more surprising and disappointing is that whenever something like this happens and there is corruption in the current government, “blind devotees” start blaming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for it and this is most unfortunate because they do not gather complete information before making such statements.

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