New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Sagarika Ghose on Friday said the spate of paper leaks had exposed the Modi government's “governance deficit” and asked why no heads were rolling after the irregularities in the conduct of the exams came to light.

She also said that Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's decision to convene a high-level commission to investigate the functioning of the National Testing Agency (NTA) was not good enough.

“The governance deficit of the Modi-led government has been cruelly exposed by the spate of document leaks that took place in connection with the major all-India competitive exams. Over 70 documents have been leaked in the last seven years,” Ghose lamented.

She pointed out that the exam papers for the NEET-UG exam were leaked and that the exam papers for the UGC-Net exam were also cancelled because they were leaked through the darknet.

“And how has the Modi government responded? The education minister has announced that a committee will be set up to investigate the work of the National Testing Agency. This is simply not good enough,” Ghose said.

She asked why no heads were rolling and demanded an explanation from the government.

“Why are no heads rolling? Who is responsible for these paper leaks? Who is the Modi government protecting? What permanent solutions is the Modi government proposing to solve this problem of regular paper leaks?” she asked.

“The fact is that Mr Modi organises his annual 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' events and spends taxpayers' money on it, but he is simply clueless. He is incapable of conducting even a single major national all-India competitive exam properly,” she said.

“This is shameful. Mr Modi has let India's youth down. He has betrayed India's youth,” the TMC leader accused.

Amid opposition demands to re-run the NEET medical entrance exam, Education Minister Pradhan on Thursday said isolated cases of malpractice should not affect hundreds of thousands of students who had legitimately passed the exam.

He announced the convening of a high-level commission to investigate the functioning of the NTA and said that it would be notified shortly.

The UGC cancelled the UGC-NET exam on Wednesday, a day after it was scheduled to be held.

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian citizens for the award of Junior Research Fellowship, for appointment as Assistant Professor and for admission to PhD programmes in Indian universities and colleges.

The ministry's decision came in the wake of a massive dispute over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the medical entrance examination NEET.

NEET is a nationwide entrance examination conducted by the NTA for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

Published 21 June 2024, 10:57 IS

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