On Tuesday, student organisations from the INDIA bloc, including NSUI, AISF, and AISA, announced nationwide demonstrations on July 3 to protest against irregularities by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

NSUI President Varun Chaudhary, speaking at a joint press conference of INDIA alliance partners, outlined three key demands: dissolution of the NTA, resignation of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and a re-conduct of the NEET exam.

“We want the government to disband the NTA. We want Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to take responsibility and step down. The third thing we want is that NEET to be held again,” Varun Chaudhary said.

“If there has been no bribery, Dharmendra Pradhan must come out and clarify it. Why is he silent? Why does he continue to remain quiet?,” Chaudhary added.

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Viraaj Devang, President of the All India Students’ Federation (AISF), restated the three demands and criticised the government for allegedly designing an education system aimed at marginalising disadvantaged groups. He urged the government to safeguard the future of the nation’s students.

“The NEET-like entrance exam should be removed. NTA scams and issues should not be viewed in isolation. The agenda seems to be to exclude backward people from the education system. I urge the government not to play with the future of the students of this country,” Devang said.