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New Delhi, June 21 (IANS): The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has slammed the National Testing Agency (NTA) for irregularities and lapses in the conduct of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and the National Eligibility Test (NET) and demanded a CBI investigation into the “entire mechanism”.

Venting his anger over the alleged paper leaks and their impact on hundreds of thousands of students, ABVP national general secretary Yagywalkya Shukla said the credibility of the NTA has come under scrutiny due to the recent incidents, adding that it is the legitimate right of the students to raise a loud cry and protest against their failures.

“The UGC-NET was cancelled after an exam paper was leaked. This raises many questions about the preparation of the NTA. The mismanagement at the UGC-NET has exposed the shortcomings of the examination body… It shows how ill-prepared it was to conduct the competitive exams,” Shukla said.

He also demanded a CBI investigation into the entire dispute and urged the government to take strict action against the “heinous” crime of paper leaks.

“The 240,000 students who appeared in the NEET-UG exams are worried about their future. They all look to the Education Ministry with hope. The government must take decisive and exemplary action. No culprit should be spared and this should be a benchmark so that such a thing does not happen again in future,” he said.

Notably, the Ministry of Education cancelled the UGC-NET a day after the test was conducted on June 18, citing concerns about the integrity of the exam.

The ABVP general secretary also urged the government to tighten the anti-paper leakage law enacted in February 2024 to remove the mafia from the system.

“The Ministry of Education should take appropriate steps not only to put an end to the information leak but also to reassure students and convince them that their future will not be jeopardized by such incidents,” he said.

Proposing a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the crisis, the ABVP leader said, “The central government should ensure that transparency is maintained in both selection and entrance examinations and that malpractice is avoided.”

It is the duty of the government to take all necessary steps to safeguard the sanctity of the examinations while ensuring the unwavering faith of the candidates in the system, he said.

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