Education Ministry forms 7-member committee to improve exam process and functioning of NTA, ET HealthWorld

Education Ministry forms 7-member committee to improve exam process and functioning of NTA, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: Amid the ongoing crisis over paper leak allegations, the Education Ministry on Saturday said it has constituted a high-level committee of experts to make recommendations on improving the mechanism of examination process, improving data security protocols and functioning of the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The seven-member committee headed by former ISRO chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan will submit its report to the ministry in the next two months.

The NTA has been facing criticism over alleged irregularities in this year's National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG) and NET exams. This resulted in several protests across the country with protestors and political parties demanding the dissolution of the NTA.

The ministry said, “In order to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of examinations through National Testing Agency (NTA), the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education has constituted a High Level Committee of Experts to make recommendations on improving the mechanism of examination process, improving data security protocols and structure and functioning of National Testing Agency.”

The ministry's statement comes days after Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Thursday that the government will set up a high-level committee to examine the functioning of the National Testing Agency and recommend reforms.

Apart from K. Radhakrishnan, former Director of AIIMS Delhi Dr. Randeep Guleria, Prof. B.J. Rao,

Vice Chancellor of Central University of Hyderabad; Professor Ramamurthy K, Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras; Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder of People Strong and Board Member of Karmayogi Bharat; Professor Aditya Mittal, Dean of Student Affairs, IIT Delhi; Govind Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of India (Member Secretary) are also members of this committee.

According to the ministry, the committee will analyse the entire examination process and consider improving the system of examination process and suggest measures to improve the efficiency of the system and prevent any possible violations.

The Committee will also undertake a detailed review of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/Protocols of NTA, and suggest measures to strengthen these procedures/protocols as well as the monitoring mechanism to ensure compliance at every level.

The Committee will also evaluate the existing data security processes and protocols of NTA and suggest measures for improvement of data security protocols and recommend measures for its improvement.

They will also examine the existing security protocols related to paper-setting and other processes for various examinations and make recommendations to enhance the robustness of the system, the Education Ministry said in the statement.

They will also look into the structure and functioning of the National Testing Agency by making recommendations on the organisational structure and functioning of the Agency (NTA) for implementation of the recommendations made under points (i) and (ii) and by clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of functionaries at every level.

The Committee will also assess the current grievance redressal system of NTA, identify areas for improvement and make recommendations to enhance its efficiency.

The ministry said, “The Committee shall submit its report to the Ministry within two months from the date of issue of this order. The Committee may engage any subject expert to assist it.” (ANI)

  • Published on June 22, 2024 at 04:20 PM IST

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