In response to concerns surrounding the NEET exam, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reassured examinees that the government is dedicated to protecting their interests. “I want to assure the students that all their concerns will be addressed with fairness and equity. No student will be at a disadvantage, and no child’s career will be jeopardized,” Pradhan said.

The Minister said that all facts related to the NEET examination are being considered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The central government will take all necessary actions for the well-being of students as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, Pradhan said.

Pradhan also highlighted the imminent commencement of the NEET counselling process.

The counselling process of NEET will be underway soon and it is of utmost importance to move ahead in this direction without any confusion, he said.

Notably, the Supreme Court on Friday sought responses of those who had moved various high courts for re-test of NEET-UG 2024 alleging question paper leaks and other irregularities on a plea of the National Testing Agency for transfer of such cases to the top court to avoid multiplicity of litigation. Several high courts are seized of many petitions seeking reliefs like re-test, quashing of award of grace marks and independent probe into the alleged malpractices in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate, 2024 (NEET-UG) exam which was held on May 5.

A vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta consolidated NTA’s transfer petition with other petitions related to the paper leak in NEET-UG 2024, all scheduled for hearing on July 8.

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NEET UG examination was held on May 5 across 4,750 centres and around 24 lakh candidates took it. The results were expected to be declared on June 14 but were announced on June 4, apparently because the evaluation of the answer sheets got completed earlier.There have been allegations of question paper leaks in states like Bihar and other irregularities in the prestigious exam.

The allegations have led to protests in several cities and filing of cases in seven high courts as also the Supreme Court. Scores of students protested in Delhi on June 10 seeking a probe into alleged irregularities.As many as 67 students scored a perfect 720, unprecedented in the NTA’s history, with six from a centre in Haryana’s Faridabad figuring in the list, raising suspicions about irregularities.

It has been alleged that grace marks contributed to 67 students sharing the top rank. The NEET-UG examination is conducted by the NTA for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country. 

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