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NEET UG 2024 row highlights: 'NTA should be dissolved,' says RJD MP Manoj Jha

NEET UG 2024 row highlights: Centre implemented the “Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024” to prevent unfair means in public exams.
For weeks, protests have swept across India as thousands of students hit the streets against this year’s process amid allegations of NEET-UG question paper leaks (File)
For weeks, protests have swept across India as thousands of students hit the streets against this year’s process amid allegations of NEET-UG question paper leaks (File)

NEET UG 2024 row highlights: Amidst the controversy surrounding “malpractices” in the NEET-UG and the cancellation of the UGC NET exam, the Centre announced on Friday the enforcement of the "Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024." This law aims to prevent unfair practices in public examinations and common entrance tests conducted nationwide and takes effect on Friday....Read More

What does the new law say?

The Act defines public examinations as those administered by authorities designated by the central government. These encompass various entities such as the Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Board, National Testing Agency, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, and departments of the central government and their affiliated offices for recruitment purposes.

Furthermore, the Act prohibits the premature disclosure of confidential exam-related information and unauthorised individuals from entering exam centres to cause disturbances. The law entails stringent punitive provisions for those involved in these offences, including a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to 1 crore.

The Bill received approval from both Houses of Parliament during the Budget session, which concluded on February 10. Its primary objective is to curb the use of “unfair means” in public examinations and enhance “greater transparency, fairness, and credibility.”

All offences outlined in the Bill will be deemed cognizable, non-bailable, and non-compoundable.

NET UGC/ CSIR NET UGC

The CSIR UGC-NET examination has been postponed by the National Testing Agency (NTA) due to “unavoidable circumstances” and “logistical issues,” as announced on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Centre announced the cancellation of the UGC-NET examination, after it was held on June 18, following initial indications suggesting a compromise in its integrity.

The UGC-NET assesses Indian nationals' eligibility for positions such as 'Assistant Professor' and 'Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor' in universities and colleges across India.

The NEET row

The release of NEET results on June 4 saw an unprecedented occurrence in the history of the NTA, with 67 students achieving a perfect score of 720. Six students from a centre in Haryana's Faridabad were among those listed, prompting concerns about potential irregularities. Allegations suggest that the inclusion of grace marks may have contributed to the top rank being shared by 67 students.

On Friday, the Supreme Court declined to postpone the NEET-UG counselling process, set to commence on July 6, asserting that it is not straightforward.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is preparing to conduct a retest for the medical entrance exam on Sunday for 1,563 candidates who had previously been granted grace marks to compensate for lost time at six centres.

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June 22, 2024 8:47 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Who are members of education ministry's high-level committee of experts for ensuring fair conduct of examinations?

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Union education ministry officially announced the constitution of a high-level committee of experts that will be headed by a former chief of the ISRO. The development comes amid the uproar concerning the alleged paper leak case in NEET UG, and the cancellation and postponement of the UGC NET 2024. In an official notice, the ministry stated that the decision to constitute a High-Level Committee of Experts has been taken ‘to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of examinations through National Testing Agency (NTA).’ Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 8:38 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: What education minister said on irregularities in Gujarat's Godhra

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: On irregularities in Gujarat's Godhra, Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the issue in Godhra was not of a paper leak but of organised cheating and 30 students have been debarred.

"Gujarat case is not of leak...police took preventive action, a few telephone conversations were intercepted. There were attempts to cheat, 30 students who have been found involved have been debarred. They are in addition to 63 students from across the country who were debarred from NEET for using unfair means," said Pradhan as quoted by news agency PTI

June 22, 2024 8:28 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: NTA top leadership under scanner, says Union education minister

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The "top leadership" of the National Testing Agency is under the scanner over alleged irregularities in competitive exams NEET and NET, Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday even as he denied any paper leak in the CSIR-UGC NET, which was postponed a day back, reported news agency PTI.

The minister said he is the custodian of students' interests and has to take that into account before taking any step. Amid a raging row over irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET, Pradhan had said earlier this week that he cannot jeopardise the careers of the lakhs of candidates who cleared the exam rightfully.

June 22, 2024 8:18 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: SC accepts plea by 10 Meghalaya students for retest

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: In a positive development for tribal students from Meghalaya, who were earlier denied the NEET-UG retest, the Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea seeking directions to the National Testing Agency (NTA) to allow them to appear in the retest. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 7:47 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Police detain six persons including prime suspect

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: In another breakthrough, Bihar Police’s Economic Offences Unit (EOU), which is probing the NEET-UG paper leak case, detained six persons including a prime suspect Chintu from Deoghar, and brought them to Patna for thorough interrogation on Saturday. The EOU operation was done with the assistance of Jharkhand police, police sources said.

June 22, 2024 7:35 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Re-test tomorrow for 1563 candidates

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The National Testing Agency, NTA will conduct the NEET UG 2024 re-test tomorrow, June 23, 2024. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for undergraduate courses will be conducted for 1563 candidates. The Agency will be re-conducting the examination in 6 cities in a single shift – from 2 pm to 5.20 pm. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 7:12 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Students protest in Bihar's capital Patna

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Students in Bihar's capital Patna protested against irregularities in the NEET-UG exam and for its cancellation.

June 22, 2024 6:43 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: All you need to know about prime suspect Sikandar Yadvendu

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit (EOU), which is leading the investigation into the medical exam National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), has identified Sikandar Yadvendu as the main suspect allegedly responsible for distributing the exam's question papers illegally. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 6:26 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Bihar Police obtain NEET reference question papers to compare with documents recovered

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Economic Offences Unit of Bihar Police has obtained NEET reference question papers to compare these with documents recovered during a search operation last month from a flat in Patna and is also exploring the "possibility of conducting narco analysis and brain mapping tests" of accused in the case, sources said on Saturday. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 6:10 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: All Assam Students' Union members hold protests

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Amid the controversy surrounding the NEET and UGC-NET exams, All Assam Students' Union (AASU) members held protests and burnt effigies of Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Nalbari.

June 22, 2024 5:43 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'What is NTA and education minister Dharmendra Pradhan doing?,' asks Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Anand Dubey

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: In an interaction with news agency PTI, Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Anand Dubey said, “They (NTA) have cancelled CSIR-NET exam which was to be held between June 25-27 saying that they lack the resources to conduct the exam. What is happening? What is NTA and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan doing? This also raises questions of corruption,” says Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Anand Dubey

June 22, 2024 5:15 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'Central Government is taking quick action,' says Rajasthan Deputy CM Prem Chand Bairwa

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Rajasthan Deputy CM Prem Chand Bairwa has said that the Central Government is taking quick action in the controversy surrounding the NEET and UGC-NET exams. In an interaction with news agency ANI, he said, "Since the BJP government came into power action is being taken against those who cause irregularities. The Central Government is also taking quick action...The double engine government is committed to ensure that the future of students does not get affected..."

June 22, 2024 5:03 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'NTA should be dissolved,' says RJD MP Manoj Jha

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: RJD MP Manoj Jha has demanded the dissolving of the National Testing Agency (NTA). In an interaction with news agency ANI, he said, "Dharmendra Pradhan and Prime Minister are the culprits...The examination should be cancelled and the culprits should be arrested. NTA should be dissolved..."

June 22, 2024 4:37 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'There should be proper investigation,' says Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Sinha

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Sinha has demanded proper investigation into the exam paper leaks. In an interaction with news agency ANI, he said, "There is a need for strict law on it...How are the links connected with them (opposition) to the NEET incident?... There should be a proper investigation and everyone should cooperate as these kinds of incidents create a negative atmosphere..."

June 22, 2024 4:23 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Here's all you need to know about National Testing Agency and its role

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been in the limelight after the recent controversies surrounding the result declaration of NEET 2024 and the cancellation of the UGC NET 2024. Students, parents, educators and stakeholders are voicing their strong opposition to the agency's conduct and functionality, which handles competitive exams like JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, and other exams.

With the SC coming down heavily on the Centre and NTA, asking not to compromise with the sanctity of the examinations, lawmakers are now introspecting about the faultlines within the agency. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 4:06 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Bihar Police detain 6 from Jharkhand's Deoghar in NEET 'paper leak' case

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Bihar Police detained six people from Jharkhand's Deoghar district in connection with the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET, an official said on Saturday. They were detained from a house near AIIMS-Deoghar in Devipur police station area on Friday night, he said. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 3:53 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'The government is on the backfoot on many issues,' says NCP-SCP MP Supriya Sule

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Reacting on controversy surrounding the NEET and UGC-NET exams, NCP-SCP MP Supriya Sule has said, "It is a complete failure of the government of India because, with so much technology, I can't seem to understand why there are so many glitches every time there's a competitive exam. Students and parents work very hard to cross this big milestone of their lives. If they are going to get cheated like this, it's very unfortunate and the government has failed us. We are going to raise this issue in Parliament. The government is on the backfoot on many issues..."

June 22, 2024 3:40 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: BJP government is making the youth weak, says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday launched a scathing attack on the government over exam paper leaks, saying the issue has become a national problem under the BJP rule which has "ruined the future" of crores of youth, reported news agency PTI.

In a post on X, Priyanka Gandhi said the Congress demands that strict action be taken over the "NEET scam" so that 24 lakh students get justice. In another post in Hindi on X, she wrote, "In the last five years, papers of 43 recruitment exams have been leaked in the country. Paper leak has become a national problem of our country under BJP rule which has ruined the future of crores of youth so far."

"India is the youngest country in the world. We have the largest youth population. Instead of making these youth skilled and capable, the BJP government is making them weak," she alleged.

June 22, 2024 3:28 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'This is damage control,' Jairam Ramesh hits out at government over anti-paper leak law

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party government over the anti-paper leak law for exams that came into effect on Friday, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the bill deals with leaks "after they have occurred" while it is important to prevent the leaks from happening at the first place, reported news agency ANI.

Taking to social media platform X, Jairam Ramesh said, "On Feb 13, 2024, the President of India gave her assent to the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means), Bill, 2024. Finally, just this morning, the nation has been told that this Act has come into force from yesterday, that is, June 21, 2024. Clearly, this is damage control to deal with the NEET, UGC-NET, CSIR-UGC-NET and other scams."

June 22, 2024 3:19 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Centre sets up high-level panel to ensure transparent conduct of exams

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Ministry of Education on Saturday announced a high-level committee of experts to ensure transparent smooth and fair conduct of examinations amid the NEET and UGC-NET row. Dig Deeper

June 22, 2024 2:32 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: ‘Several scams happened since BJP came to power,’ says Digvijaya Singh

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday came down heavily on the BJP government and said the nation has witnessed several scams since BJP came to power.

While addressing the people, Singh targeted the Centre and said, "Since the BJP came to power, several scams happened in the country. The PM never spoke about any of these scams."

Stepping up his attacks, he added further, "Whatever recruitments happened under the rule of BJP, be that in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, or Madhya Pradesh, there have been scams in the recruitment.

June 22, 2024 2:10 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Centre brings into force stringent law to curb irregularities in competitive examinations

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Centre on Friday operationalised a stringent law that aims to curb malpractices and irregularities in competitive examinations and entails provisions for a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to 1 crore for offenders.

Nearly four months after President Droupadi Murmu gave assent to The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, the Personnel Ministry on Friday night issued a notification, saying the provisions of the law will come into force from June 21, reported news agency PTI.

The move assumes significance amid a raging row over UGC-NET, 2024, exam's question paper leak. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered a case to probe the question paper leak of the exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Opposition parties have also alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET-UG, the results of which were announced by NTA on June 4.

June 22, 2024 2:02 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'What will the students do when they cross the required age?,' says Uttar Pradesh Congress chief

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Amid the paper leak row, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Rai has hit out at the Modi government.

“The government is worried right now and it shows how many mistakes they have committed. What will the students do when they cross the required age?” said Rai as quoted by news agency PTI.

June 22, 2024 1:48 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: 'Investigating agencies should conduct neutral probe in the matter,' says Tejashwi Yadav on paper leaks

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Reacting to Centre bringing a stringent law that aims to curb malpractices and irregularities in competitive examinations, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said: "We will have to see what it contains. You can see that paper leaks are happening in states where BJP is in power. The kingpin of the paper leak is one Sanjeev Mukhiya. I appeal the investigating agencies to probe Sanjeev Mukhiya. I also appeal the government to conduct investigation against Sanjeev Mukhiya, Nitish Kumar and Amit Anand. We have photos of Sanjeev Mukhiya with leaders, we will have to make it public. So, it is better that investigating agencies conduct a neutral probe in the matter."

June 22, 2024 12:15 PM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Decoding the NEET exam controversy to finding ways to prevent recurrence in future

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: To gain a comprehensive understanding of the NTA’s role and significance in conducting examinations, as well as the issues surrounding the grace marks offered to aspirants, we interviewed several experts. These included academics, medical students, and research scholars, who discussed the topic extensively.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, renowned NEET educator Alakh Pandey said, “Consider the current scenario wherein achieving a perfect score of 720 in a highly competitive exam doesn't guarantee admission to premier institutions like AIIMS Delhi due to limited seat availability. This sudden surge in high scores can't be a natural phenomenon.” Dig deeper

June 22, 2024 10:43 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Rahul Gandhi says he will ‘raise the issue in the Parliament’

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Congress staged nationwide protests on Friday, citing alleged irregularities in the NEET medical entrance exam. Rahul Gandhi vowed to personally address the issue in Parliament, asserting that the opposition would exert pressure on the government to secure justice for students.

Critiquing the Centre for purported irregularities in NEET, Rahul Gandhi reiterated his commitment to raising the matter in Parliament. On Thursday, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the NEET-UG 2024 exam, he shared a video of his discussion with a group of NEET aspirants and their parents.

June 22, 2024 10:18 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Why did NTA postpone the exam?

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: On Friday, the National Testing Agency (NTA) declared that the Joint CSIR and UGC NET examination, initially planned for June 25 to June 27, 2024, has been postponed.

Candidates were advised to check the official website (https://csimnet.nta.ac.in) for updates. For any questions, candidates can contact the NTA Help Desk at 011-40759000 or 011-69227700, or email csimet@nta.ac.in. Read more

June 22, 2024 9:50 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Kharge accuses BJP of ‘ruining’ future of 2 crore youths in seven years

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: “In BJP rule, the education mafia has a free hand in corruption. In 7 years, 70 papers have been leaked and the future of 2 crore youth has been ruined. The NEET exam paper leak scam is a symbol of the utter apathy of the Modi government towards the youth,” Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge posted on X on Friday.

June 22, 2024 9:37 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slams BJP

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Digvijay Singh slammed the BJP government, alleging that the nation has witnessed numerous scams since the party came to power.

In his address, Singh targeted the Centre, stating, "Since the BJP came to power, several scams have occurred in the country. The PM has never addressed any of these scams."

“Recruitments under the BJP's rule, whether in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, or Madhya Pradesh, have been marred by scandals,” he added.

Singh also mentioned the RSS, saying, “Where are those who took responsibility for protecting Hindus? Out of the 14 lakh students who took the NEET exam, 5%-10% may be Muslims, but the majority are Hindus. Is this not injustice towards Hindus? The RSS and PM have remained silent on this issue.”

June 22, 2024 9:07 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: In Telangana, ABVP burns effigy of NTA

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday protested at Osmania University in Hyderabad, against the National Testing Agency (NTA) regarding alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam and the subsequent cancellation of the UGC-NET exam.

During the protest, students burned an effigy representing the NTA.

The protest was triggered by recent irregularities and paper leaks in examinations administered by the NTA.

The Ministry of Education took action on Wednesday by cancelling the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam that is to be conducted by the NTA on June 18.

June 22, 2024 8:52 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Rajya Sabha CPI (M) MP writes to education ministe

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas penned a letter to Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday, expressing concerns regarding the NEET and UGC-NET exams and alleging the “saffronisation of education under the BJP-led government.”

In his correspondence with Pradhan, CPI(M) MP Brittas urged for the discontinuation of the centralised NEET, proposing to limit its application to central medical institutions such as AIIMS, PGIMER, and JIPMER. He also called for a thorough review of NET to restore university autonomy and maintain academic standards and transparency.

Brittas criticised the NEET and UGC-NET, highlighting issues such as question paper leaks, arbitrary allocation of grace marks, and the alleged “saffronisation” of examination content.

June 22, 2024 8:38 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: NEET retest across 7 centres; education ministry officials to be present

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: NEET-UG retest for 1,563 candidates is scheduled for Sunday. Officials from both the NTA and the Union education ministry will be present at the examination centres, news agency PTI reported.

The decision to conduct the retest follows the agency's withdrawal of grace marks previously awarded to students. These marks were given to compensate for the loss of time experienced due to delays in the start of the examination at six centres located in Meghalaya, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Chandigarh.

June 22, 2024 8:30 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's interaction with NEET UG aspirants

June 22, 2024 8:20 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Priyanka Gandhi slams Centre over ‘paper leak’

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the central government for the prevalence of ‘exam paper leaks,’ saying that under BJP rule, this issue has escalated into a national concern, affecting the prospects of millions of young people.

Priyanka Gandhi's condemnation comes amid widespread criticism regarding alleged irregularities in the NEET medical entrance examination and the abrupt cancellation of the UGC-NET exam on Wednesday, due to concerns about compromised test integrity.

In a statement shared on social media platform X, Priyanka Gandhi said that the Congress demands swift and stringent action to address the “NEET scam,” ensuring justice for the 24 lakh students affected. Read more

June 22, 2024 8:08 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: NSUI protests in Jaipur over NEET, UGC-NET ‘irregularities’

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: On Friday, members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest in Jaipur regarding issues with NEET and UGC-NET, according to ANI.

Speaking to the media, Rajasthan NSUI President Vinod Jakhar called for decisive action against those accountable for the irregularities in NEET and UGC-NET.

“Immediately annul this paper (NEET-UG), conduct a retest, and take stringent action against those responsible,” Vinod Jakhar, President of Rajasthan NSUI said.

The demonstration was prompted by a series of recent irregularities and instances of paper leaks in examinations administered by the NTA.

June 22, 2024 7:49 AM IST

NEET UG 2024 row live updates: Centre enforces ‘anti-paper leak law’ amid huge protests

NEET UG / NET UGC row live updates: 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 the 21st day of June 2024, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force."

During the Budget session, which ended on February 10, the Bill received approval from both Houses of Parliament. Its objective is to prevent the use of "unfair means" in public examinations.

On February 13, President Droupadi Murmu granted her approval to the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means), Bill, 2024, which is designed to curb cheating in government recruitment exams.

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