Amid a row over irregularities in the key entrance exams NEET and UGC-NET, the Uttar Pradesh government plans to introduce a new law to prevent disclosure of documents and keep a check on “solver gangs”.

The new law provides for strictest measures against those involved in activities such as document disclosure or gangs that manipulate exam papers. It provides for heavy fines, bulldozing measures and even imprisonment.

The announcement by the Yogi Adityanath-led government comes just days after the National Testing Agency (NTA) cancelled the UGC-NET (University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test) exam. The Union Education Minister said that the exam question paper was leaked on the dark web.

Apart from that, the NEET is also under scrutiny due to alleged irregularities.

In this backdrop, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced that it will introduce a new law to ensure the integrity of the examination process.

In addition, the government has announced a new policy to stop counting of exam papers. At least two different exam papers will be printed in each exam shift, printed by different agencies. Paper coding procedures will also be organized more systematically.

Only government secondary schools, colleges, universities, polytechnics, engineering colleges, medical colleges or reputable, well-funded educational institutions with a clean record will be designated as examination centres. These centres will be equipped with CCTV systems and four different agencies will be responsible for different aspects of conducting recruitment tests.

Candidates have to travel outside their home divisions to appear in the exams. However, this restriction does not apply to disabled persons and women. If there are more than 400,000 candidates, the exam will be conducted in two phases.

The PCS examination can be held in a single shift. To prevent tampering of the results, the scanning of the OMR sheets is done by the Commission and the Board itself. The question papers contain secret codes and confidential security features such as unique barcodes, QR codes and serial numbers on each page to ensure traceability.

The exam papers are sent in tamper-proof, multi-layered packaging. Sufficient time is allowed for the preparation of the exam papers and the printing works are regularly checked by the head of the exam.

The selection of printing companies is carried out in the strictest confidentiality. Visitors to the printing company are checked and are required to show identification. Outsiders are not permitted to enter the printing company.

Carrying smartphones and cameras into the press rooms is completely prohibited. Video surveillance cameras will be installed around the press and their recordings will be stored for one year.

Published by:

Abhishek De

Published on:

21 June 2024

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