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‘Paper leak government’: Opposition takes swipe at Modi govt over cancellation of UGC-NET

The National Testing Agency (NTA) recently canceled the UGC-NET exam due to paper leak allegations, triggering a political uproar

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‘Paper leak government’: Opposition takes swipe at Modi govt over cancellation of UGC-NET

The recent cancellation of the UGC-NET exam by the National Testing Agency (NTA) has sparked significant political controversy. The NTA decided to cancel the exam due to concerns over its integrity, following allegations of paper leaks. This decision led to immediate backlash from the opposition, who labeled the Modi government as a “paper leak government.”

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the government, pointing out previous irregularities in the NEET medical entrance exams. Kharge questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to addressing these issues and demanded a "NEET pareeksha pe charcha," echoing Modi's own "Pariksha Pe Charcha" initiative. Kharge emphasized that the cancellation of the UGC-NET exam was a result of the students' determination, rather than the government's willingness to address systemic issues. He called it a defeat for the government’s arrogance and urged the Prime Minister to take responsibility for preventing such incidents in future exams​ (Free Press Journal)​​ (Zee News)​.

The opposition's attack comes in the wake of the Education Ministry's announcement of the UGC-NET 2024 exam's cancellation, stating that the exam's integrity had been compromised. The Ministry assured that new dates for the retest would be announced soon, aiming to maintain fairness and transparency in the examination process​ (Zee News)​.

This controversy is part of a broader pattern of alleged exam malpractices. Kharge highlighted that the Education Minister initially denied any NEET paper leaks but later had to acknowledge issues after arrests linked to an education mafia in Bihar, Gujarat, and Haryana. He questioned when the government would address the NEET irregularities similarly and demanded concrete actions to ensure the credibility of national entrance exams.

The rescheduling of the UGC-NET exam also coincided with logistical challenges, such as conflicts with the UPSC CSE Prelims Examination, which was initially set for the same date. The NTA has since rescheduled the UGC-NET exam to June 18, 2024, following feedback from candidates and to avoid clashes with other significant exams​ (Zee News)​​ (Free Press Journal)​.

The ongoing debate highlights the urgent need for robust measures to safeguard the integrity of national exams and restore trust among students and the public. The opposition's demands for accountability and transparency reflect growing concerns over the effectiveness of current exam management practices under the Modi government.

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