New dates soon for compromised UGC NET exam: MoE  

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced that new dates for the UGC NET exam will be declared soon, following the cancellation of the previous exam due to concerns over its integrity.

Jun 20, 2024 - 16:47
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New dates soon for compromised UGC NET exam: MoE   

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced that new dates for the UGC NET exam will be declared soon, following the cancellation of the previous exam due to concerns over its integrity.

The UGC NET exam, held at 1,205 centres across 317 cities with over 11 lakh candidates, was cancelled a day after it was conducted. This decision was taken on Wednesday night after the National Testing Agency (NTA) received inputs suggesting that the exam conducted on June 18 may have been compromised.

Govind Jaiswal, joint secretary in the Education Ministry, told the media that the exam, for which over 11 lakh students had registered, was cancelled on the basis of inputs received from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre. “The matter has been handed over to the CBI for a thorough investigation. A fresh examination shall be conducted, for which information will be shared soon," he said.

The ministry, he said, will not hesitate in taking action against those involved in wrongdoing. "At this level, when the investigation is underway, we can't disclose more details. NTA has its own mechanism and a lot of other stakeholders are involved. This all is under investigation," he said.

The exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency, which is under fire for alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission to medical colleges. Reports of irregularities have now prompted nationwide protests and triggered demands for a re-test.

The cancellation of the UGC-NET examination amid the ongoing protests against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has provided fresh ammunition to the Opposition parties to target the Narendra Modi government ahead of the Parliament session.

 

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