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Won’t tolerate malpractice, accountability in NTA will be fixed if lapses found: Pradhan on NEET row – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The government will not tolerate any kind of negligence. misconduct Or Irregularities in the conduct of examinations and Accountability of National Testing Agency If deficiencies are found, they will be rectified, says union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday amid the medical admission controversy Examination National Eligibility CriteriaAbout the action taken against six centres where exam papers were wrongly distributed and candidates had to be given grace marks to make up for the loss of time, he said, “Every aspect is being looked into. Accountability will be fixed and action will be taken based on the nature of the lapse.”

“There is no scope for any malpractice or irregularity in the conduct of any examination. We will not tolerate it. If lapses are found, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will also be held accountable,” Pradhan said in response to a PTI question.

The minister’s remarks came on a day when the Congress intensified its attack on the government over the NEET-UG exam issue and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the matter. The opposition party asserted that only a Supreme Court-monitored forensic probe can protect the future of lakhs of young students.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge claimed that the Modi government has started “covering up the NEET scam” through the Union education minister and the NTA.

He said, “They have just lost the elections and are now looking for a new issue. We have facts and it is not right to mislead students and the public on the basis of lies.”

Explaining the rationale behind the increase in the number of toppers and cut-off marks this year, Pradhan said the NEET syllabus was reduced as per rationalisation of the syllabus by NCERT.

The Union Education Minister said, “In previous years, the syllabus of NEET was not reduced. This year we have also kept the questions in line with the syllabus of state boards. Due to reduced syllabus and higher number of candidates, the competition increased and ultimately the number of top scorers also increased.”

  • Published on June 14, 2024 at 06:19 PM IST

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