Government begins action on exam paper leak, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Government begins action on exam paper leak, Health News, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: Dr Vinod K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog while speaking to Doordarshan on the irregularities related to the leak and cancellation of exam papers said, “When some irregularities were reported and as the investigation progressed, it became quite clear that there were some discrepancies and lapses. Those who are involved in this should be given severe punishment and the government will have zero tolerance towards this.”

He highlighted that several measures have been taken, CBI has been ordered to find out the root of the problem and identify every single person involved. Apart from this, an important law (anti-paper leak law) has been notified, according to the rules of which if there is any incident of organized crime or some tampering with these examinations, then such stakeholders (who are involved in such acts and also the officials counting the exam) will face 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore. Also, the NTA chief has been relieved from his services.

Elaborating on the long-term initiatives, he said that the Ministry of Education has constituted a seven-member high-powered committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of ISRO, to assess the use of technology, suggest Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and restructure the entire NTA system.

Commenting on the reason for postponing the NEET-PG exam, Dr Paul said there was no case of cheating or suspicion and the step was taken as a precautionary measure in view of the lapses in the respective exam and the entire process and SOPs were reviewed to safeguard the interests of students.

He said, “There is some tension among the students and their families, but given the circumstances, a kind of atmosphere has been created which we have to handle properly. It is wise to strengthen the entire process. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the larger interest and it will lead to justice and credible results.”

Explaining the need for NEET-UG exams, Dr Paul said, “Earlier, there were 46 exams across the country which caused a lot of confusion and chaos among students, then there were some complaints of capitation fees in private universities and also uneven standards which created a hindrance in identifying the real merit, so the solution was to conduct a common exam on a common platform.”

He further said that any system requires review after some time and here the government is committed to bring in-depth solutions rather than being satisfied with patchwork. The government has formed this committee, people can also give their suggestions and help in creating a transparent, accountable and efficient institutional system. The recommendations and learnings of this committee will be implemented in other competitive examinations as well.

Sharing his views on the role of technology and the challenges associated with it, he said that technology is a boon, it ensures transparency, time-effectiveness, fairness and reliability and with the passage of time improvements will be made with modern approach to meet the contemporary challenges. Dr Paul informed that all necessary steps will be taken to make the system better and stronger.

Sharing his views on how effective the law will be, he said that it will be a deterrent and people used to get away easily with the earlier lenient laws, now that will not be possible. It has been specifically made keeping in mind the possibility arising out of such exams (NEET, NET) and all the players will be accountable and held liable under the law.

Dr Paul said, “I would appeal to academics, medical professionals and education leaders to join the efforts of the government to find a solution and punish those responsible for this.”

Commenting on the need for a CBI probe, Dr Paul said that the CBI probe has been ordered to understand the whole system (as sometimes things happen somewhere and are linked to other states) and to make concrete efforts.

  • Published on June 24, 2024 at 05:07 PM IST

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