New Delhi: Dr Vinod K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog while interacting with Doordarshan on the irregularites in relation to exmination papers being leaked and cancelled, Dr Paul said, “When some irregularities were reported and as the investigation progressed it became quite clear that there are some anomalies and lapses. Those who indulge in it should be severely punished and the government has zero tolerance to stand over it.”

He highlighted that several measures that have been taken, the CBI has been ordered to find the root cause of the problem and identify every single person associated with this. Furthermore a significant legislation (anti-paper leak law) has been notified according to its rules if there is an instance of organised crime or if there is some tempering with these examinations such stakeholders (those who indulge in such acts and also the exam counting authorities) will be liable of 10 years of imprisonment along with a fine of up to Rs 1 crore. Along with NTA chief has been relieved of from his services.

Elaborating on the long term initiatives, he mentioned that the Ministry of Education has constituted a seven-member high powered committee under the chairmanship of Dr Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO to assess the use of technology, suggest SOPs and how to reorganise the entire NTA system.

Commenting on the reson for the postpone ment of the NEET-PG exam, Dr Paul said that there is no such case of fraud or suspicion, the step was taken as a precautionary measure considering the lapses in the corresponding exam and to review the entire process, SOPs to protect the interest of students.

He said, “There is some stress among the students and their family members but under the circumstances a kind of atmosphere has been created which we have to handle properly. It is wisdom to strengthen the entire process. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the larger Interest and this will lead to justice and trustworthy results.”

Dr Paul expalined the the need for NEET-UG exmainations, he said “Earlier, there were 46 tests across the country, which led to a lot of confusion and chaos among the students then there were some complaints of capitation fee in private universities and also there were uneven standards which used to create a hurdle to identify true merit so the solution came up was to conduct a common exam on a common platform.”

He further added that in any system after some point there is a need to review it and here the govt is committed to bring a deep solution rather than being complacent with patchwork the govt has constituted this committee, people can also submit their suggestions and help to create a transparent, accountable and efficient institutional system. The recommendations of this body and the learnings will be implemented in other competitive exams as well.

Sharing his views on the role of technology and the challeges asscocited with it, he mentioned that technology is a boon, it ensures transparency, time-effectiveness, objectivity and reliability and with passage of time improvements will be made with a modern approach to deal with contemporary challenges. Dr Paul inofrmed that to improve and strengthen the system all the required steps will be taken.

Sharing his view point how effective the law will be, he stated that there will be deterrence and with earlier simpler laws when people used to get away easily will no longer be possible. It is specifically targeted to the possibility that may emerge from such examinations (NEET, NET) and all players will be accountable and will be liable under the law.

Dr Paul said, “I will appeal to the academia, medical professionals and education leaders to align with the efforts of the government to find solutions and punish those responsible for this.”

Commenting on the need for a CBI inquiry, Dr Paul mentioned that to understand the whole system (as sometimes things happen somewhere and its links are commented to other states) and to have a concerted effort CBI inquiry has been ordered.

  • Published On Jun 24, 2024 at 05:07 PM IST

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