Anti-paper leak law comes into effect for NEET, UGC-NET exams amid controversy, ET HealthWorld

Anti-paper leak law comes into effect for NEET, UGC-NET exams amid controversy, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, which aims to prevent unfair means in public examinations and common entrance tests held across the country, came into force on Friday.

The decision comes amid massive controversy over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the NEET and UGC NET exams.

A gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024 (1 of 2024), the Central Government hereby appoints June 21, 2024, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.”

The bill was passed by both houses of Parliament in the Budget session, which ended on February 10. It aims to prevent the use of “unfair means” in public examinations and bring in “greater transparency, fairness and credibility”.

On February 13, President Draupadi Murmu gave her assent to the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means), Bill, 2024, which aims to check cheating in government recruitment exams.

Public examinations in the Act means examinations conducted by authorities notified by the Central Government. These include the Union Public Service Commission, the Staff Selection Commission, the Railway Recruitment Board, the National Testing Agency, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection and the Central Government departments for recruitment and their attached offices.

The Act prohibits premature disclosure of confidential information related to the exam and entry of unauthorised persons into examination centres to cause disruption. These offences attract imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh.

All offences under the Bill will be cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.

The NEET-UG 2024 exam was held on May 5 and its results were declared on June 4, ahead of the scheduled declaration date of June 14.

The NEET-UG exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) paves the way for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

On June 13, the NTA informed the Supreme Court that the scorecards of 1563 candidates who were given “grace marks” in the NEET-UG 2024 exam would be cancelled and these candidates would have the option of reappearing for the exam on June 23, the results of which would be declared before June 30, or forgo the compensatory marks given for loss of time. (ANI)

  • Published on June 22, 2024, 06:18 AM IST

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